In an effort to better understand the state’s broadband capacity, the South Central Economic Development District (SCEDD) is excited 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.
SCEDD has partnered with the geospatial engineering firm, GEO Partners LLC to assist with the mapping initiative. GEO Partners will help identify 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. Residents can participate by going to www.scedd.org/broadband and completing the speed test. Participation is encouraged to improve the accuracy of the study.
SCEDD will also work with the Nebraska Regional Officials Council (NROC), Nebraska’s development districts, and others to roll out this program to the most rural parts of Nebraska. This project is funded through a U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) CARES grant.
For additional information, please contact Sharon Hueftle or Eileen Rainey at 308-455-4770.