Broadband Plan highlights vision for Nebraska

Broadband in Nebraska: Current Landscape and Recommendations lays out a vision for broadband in Nebraska, sets goals and makes recommendations to further broadband development in Nebraska.

“Broadband is important to Nebraska’s businesses and communities,” said Lt. Governor Nelson, who chairs the Nebraska Information Technology Commission. “This plan builds on Nebraska’s successes in stimulating
investment in Nebraska’s telecommunications infrastructure and encouraging the use of broadband in businesses, agriculture, health care, education, libraries, local government, and public safety entities. Additionally, the plan
highlights the need to encourage more youth to pursue careers in information technology.”

Broadband availability in Nebraska has improved over the past three years with 99.5 percent of Nebraskans now having access to service with download speeds of greater than 10 Mbps. Household adoption of broadband has also
increased to 82 percent of Nebraska households subscribing to broadband. Mobile connections are becoming increasingly important to residents and businesses with more than 80 percent of Nebraska businesses currently using
smart phone technology.

The plan sets goals for broadband availability and adoption for 2020, including having broadband service of 25 Mbps down available to 90 percent of Nebraska households and having more than 90 percent of Nebraska households subscribe to broadband. In 2013, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and an international broadband expert company, conducted a survey of Nebraska businesses on their use of the Internet. Respondents to the survey indicated that 25% to 45% of revenue from the Internet.  Information on the survey is available at

The plan is available from the Nebraska Information Technology Commission’s website
(  Highlights  of the plan are available on YouTube video


Power of Business – Friday 15 – recorded!

Did you miss the conversation with Hudson Valley Distillery?  You can still listen – it is a great story about passion and using local resources!   These guys are capturing what is happening in their community and turning it into a destination place!

You can listen to the interview at

Friday 15 – October 3 – Starting a Business together!

Friday 15 - First Friday of every month

Thomas Yozzo and Chris Moyer met in college and became lifelong friends.   The two friends for many years discussed ideas for starting a business together. Finally, they decided upon starting a distillery in the Hudson Valley Region of New York State.   In March of 2014, Hudson Valley Distillery opened its doors and started to sell spirits produced on the farm.   Tom and Chris will share how they started their business and what some of their immediate plans are for the business.

Register for the October Friday 15 to get a reminder of the start time! 

Did you miss September’s Friday 15 Live Chat? Don’t Worry!

If you missed the Power of Business Friday 15 Live Chat on September 5 – you can still watch it!  What a great interview with Beth Kennett, Liberty Hill Farms in Vermont.  Beth really knows how to attract and keep customers and isn’t afraid to tell her story!  You can watch the interview on  (If you subscribe to the youtube channel – you will get the latest videos uploaded)

Also – if you like the Power of Business Google page – entitled E2E share – – you will get up to date information from the Extension faculty from around the country!  Sharing information that is important to you as a business owner is what we do and we want to share it in a way that is useful!  So be part of the community who really cares about small rural businesses!

We also have a blog with more information –


2014 Nebraska Rural Poll

Nebraska farm income decreased in 2013 compared to the previous year. However, Nebraska’s per capita income has been above the national average since 2011. Given the challenges and uncertainties of recent years, how do rural Nebraskans feel about their community? Are they satisfied with the services provided by their community? Are they planning to move from their community in the next year? How do rural Nebraskans believe they are doing and how do they view their future? How satisfied are they with various items that influence their well-being? Have these views changed over the past nineteen years? This paper provides a detailed analysis of these questions.


Click here for access to the 2014 Nebraska Rural Poll -

August 1st Friday 15 – Live chat is now on youtube

Did you miss the Friday 15 live chat?  You can now watch it at – John Marquis, Ogallala Bay Rum – shared his success story about creating a product line to selling wholesale!

John first started selling on eBay and now has his own website plus listens to his customers on blogs and chat rooms!  He is amazed that people actually share his product and tell how much they like it!

He attributes that to great customer service – I contribute it to John!

Check out John’s business at

Mark Your Calendar – Friday 15 Power of Business Live Chat

Entering the World of Retail and Wholesale!

Mark your calendars – Friday August 1 for 15 minutes!

12:15 p.m. ET/11:15 a.m. CT/10:15 a.m. MT
John Marquis was on a mission of creating a men’s shaving lotion, after he created the perfect combination, he started Ogallala Bay Rum by selling on eBay!Soon John discovered he was in the world of retail and wholesale!

John will share what he learned about marketing and selling!  To learn more about Ogallalg Bay Rum go to​​

To register and make sure you receive information on how to connect to the Friday 15 live chat – click here