We have heard from many of you about the lack of adequate, reliable internet service in your communities and at your homes, and WE NEED YOUR HELP!
In an effort to better understand the state’s broadband capacity, the Central Nebraska Economic Development District (CNEDD) is excited to partner with other development districts across the state to launch a statewide broadband speed mapping initiative. As broadband has become an increasingly important part of life, further intensified by COVID-19, creating an affordable and accessible statewide network is critical for growth. This project is funded through a U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) CARES grant.
We know there are pockets of good internet services in our region, and many areas where service is limited or non-existent. Without robust internet service, our 14-county region will be challenged to attract businesses and people to our communities.
CNEDD is partnering with the geospatial engineering firm, GEO Partners LLC to assist with the mapping initiative to determine availability, reliability, and redundancy of broadband. What makes this initiative unique is the data is both dynamic, meaning points are constantly being added, and it is to the “parcel-level”, which helps internet service providers know exactly where they should invest.
The primary goal of the initiative is to give elected officials, businesses, and the public accurate data, so they know exactly where they stand with broadband speeds. Information will support future broadband expansion grants and projects across the state. Community surveys will help identify the areas lacking high-speed internet.
We invite everyone to help us gather this data by going to cnedd.org/broadband-mapping-initiative and completing the speed test. Participation on multiple days and at different times is encouraged to improve the accuracy of the study.
For additional information, please contact Judy Petersen at 402-340-0106.