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Digital Inclusion Week
10/3/22 - It’s Digital Inclusion Week!
Digital Inclusion Week is an annual week of awareness, recognition, and celebration where organizations and individuals across the country host special events and campaigns to promote digital equity in their communities.
Digital equity – access to affordable internet, affordable devices and digital skills – is a foundation for empowerment, transformation and economic opportunity in our communities.
Want to learn more?
Find out more about digital equity at digitalinclusion.org/definitions/
10/4/22 - Did you know that not everyone has the same access to quality, high-speed, affordable internet?
While 90% of households in Nebraska have an internet subscription at home, that number varies widely in different areas (95% in Sarpy County but only 71% in Sioux County). Additionally, only 63% of households with a household income of less than $20,000 and 73% of Nebraskans aged 65 and older have an internet subscription at home. (Source: U.S. Census Bureau American Community Survey 2020 5-year estimates)
Take the Nebraska Broadband Speed Test today to help us learn more about the quality of internet access at your home, school or work - it only takes a minute! nebraskaspeedtest.org
10/5/22 - Need help paying for the internet or devices?
The Affordable Connectivity Program is an FCC benefit program that helps you afford the broadband you need for work, school, healthcare and more.
The benefit provides a discount of up to $30 per month toward internet service for eligible households and up to $75 per month for households on qualifying Tribal lands. Eligible households can also receive a one-time discount of up to $100 to purchase a laptop, desktop computer, or tablet from participating providers.
Find more details at https://www.fcc.gov/acp
10/6/22 - Broadband internet access is a vital part of the modern economy and the economic development of rural Nebraska is tied more and more to broadband connectivity. The new Connect Nebraska Broadband initiative is focused on ensuring that every corner of the state has access to affordable and reliable broadband.
“A connected Nebraska—especially in our rural areas—is essential for us to grow our state” – Governor Ricketts
Find out more at nebraska.gov
10/7/22 - A recent Omaha World Herald article stated that “the number of Nebraskans primarily working from home nearly tripled between 2019 and 2021 — a lasting impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.” https://tinyurl.com/OWHwfh
Whether you are working or attending school virtually or completing everyday tasks like banking, scheduling a doctor appointment or simply ordering food at a restaurant, you need fast and reliable internet to get things done.
Find out how the Nebraska Rural Broadband Task Force is working to support broadband access across Nebraska at ruralbroadband.nebraska.gov
10/8/22 - Why is rural broadband important to Nebraska’s economy, and how does your County stack up?
Rural broadband availability is associated with the attraction and retention of millennials, greater economic growth, attraction of new business, higher household incomes and the growth of small businesses (Source: Gallardo, R., Whitacre, B., Grant A. January 2018).
See what broadband availability looks like in your county! Nebraska County Broadband Fact Sheets can be used to help start community, county-wide or regional discussions about broadband availability, adoption, and digital inclusion.
Find your county info at nlc.nebraska.gov/stats/broadband/