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NITC Updates Statewide Technology Plan

Brodband Plan

The NITC’s updated statewide technology plan, Transforming Government, Education, Healthcare and Communities, focuses on seven strategic initiatives which promote the effective use of technology within the State of Nebraska, as well as education, economic development, local government, and health care.
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Partnership Launched to Help Close the Homework Gap for Rural Students

The Nebraska Library Commission has been awarded a National Leadership Sparks Grant of $25,000 by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) for a partnership project with the Nebraska Office of the Chief Information Officer (OCIO) and five local school districts and public libraries. Five rural Nebraska school districts and public libraries will work together as partners to increase Internet speeds at the public library using fixed wireless technology to provide additional Internet to the library, augmenting the current Internet service. Nebraska communities participating in this one-year project beginning June 1 include Bancroft, Genoa, Imperial, Verdigre, and Wymore.
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Broadband availability in Nebraska is improving, with fixed broadband service of 25 Mbps down and 3 Mbps up available to 89% of Nebraskans in 2016, up from 84% in 2014. Although the percent of rural Nebraskans with broadband available improved from 49% in 2014 to 66% in 2016, there is still a significant rural-urban gap in broadband availability.
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Governor Ricketts Seeks Nominations for Rural Broadband Task Force

Governor Ricketts has announced that he is seeking representatives of agribusiness, business, wireline telecommunications, wireless telecommunications, public power, health care providers, postsecondary educational institutions, and rural schools to serve as members of the Rural Broadband Task Force. Interested applicants should fill out the nomination form on Governor Rickett’s website by June 8. Nomination forms can be filled out online, at https://governor.nebraska.gov/board-comm-req.
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Small Nebraska Counties with Greater Broadband Availability Have Higher Average Per Capita Income

Small Nebraska counties with widespread broadband availability have a higher average per capita income than counties with less widespread broadband availability. The average per capita income of small Nebraska counties with the greatest broadband availability was $27,642.40, compared to an average per capita income of $25,542.14 for those counties with the least broadband availability.
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An Army Brat's Views on Culture Change

On June 9th I celebrate my third year as CIO here at the State of Nebraska. It has been a great experience and an honor to represent the State’s technology organization. This milestone serves as a good time to look back and appreciate how much we have accomplished as a team. It has also caused some self-reflection, as I think about my experiences growing up and how they still influence me to this day, especially so close to Father’s Day.
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