"Nebraska's Broadband Map -- What's Under the Cover?" is the second webinar focusing on broadband adaptation and use in Nebraska.
The Oct. 19 seminar will feature Don Gray, telecommunications analyst for the Nebraska Public Service Commission, who will provide an overview of the state's broadband map and discuss how data was collected and processed and how it can be used.
The seminar will be at 10 a.m. Central Time (9 a.m. Mountain) on https://connect.unl.edu/broadband.
Other webinars are set for Nov. 16, Dec. 21, Jan. 18, Feb. 15, March 21 and April 18.
The initiative is funded by a grant to the Nebraska Public Service Commission by the U.S. Department of Commerce's National Telecommunications and Information Administration.
The Broadband Mapping and Planning Initiative has been conducted by a coalition of Nebraska partners, including the PSC, University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension, the UNL Center for Applied Rural Innovation, the Nebraska Information Technology Commission's Communication Council, the AIM Institute and the Nebraska Department of Economic Development.
Previously, the coalition conducted a survey of Nebraskans' access to Internet and, more specifically, broadband. It found that 81 percent of Nebraskans had Internet access, and 76 percent of those had broadband. But the survey also revealed some gaps in Internet service among certain groups, including lower-income residents, people over 65, people without a college degree and residents of nonmetropolitan Nebraska.