The Nebraska Broadband Office (NBO) is moving to the next phase of efforts to ensure access for all Nebraskans to reliable broadband.
As part of this effort, there will be ongoing public engagements across the state including a series of nine public meetings and an open comment period from Nov. 13 to Dec. 13. During the open comment period the public will be asked to provide comments on NBO’s long-term goals and objectives to deploy broadband and plans to coordinate with local representatives. Meetings and comments will also focus on NBO’s plan to ensure that an equitable and highly-skilled workforce is utilized throughout the buildout process, the subgrant process and NBO’s low cost affordable and middle-income plans.
Opportunities will be available to submit public comments online https://ndot.info/community, or in-person at one of the following meetings hosted by the Nebraska Broadband Office:
Sidney, Nov. 7, 5:30-7 p.m.
Western Nebraska Community College, 371 S College Dr., Room 1516
Chadron, Nov. 8, 5:30-7 p.m.
Holiday Inn Express, 247 Ash St.
O’Neill, Nov. 9, 5:30-7 p.m.
The Evergreen, 300 Jeanette Way
Fairbury, Nov. 13, 5:30-7 p.m.
Union Bank, 1313 K St.
Springfield, Nov. 14, 5:30-7 p.m.
Springfield Community Center, 170 N 3rd St.
Lincoln, Nov. 15, 5:30-7 p.m.
NDOT Headquarters, 1500 Nebraska Parkway
Columbus, Nov. 16, 5:30-7 p.m.
Columbus Area Chamber of Commerce, 753 33rd Ave.
Kearney, Nov. 20, 5:30-7 p.m.
Holiday Inn Express, 110 2nd Ave.
Ogallala, Nov. 21, 5:30-7 p.m.
Holiday Inn Express, 206 Pony Express Lane
Meetings are open to the public and will include a subgrant discussion, as well as provide an opportunity to learn about broadband programs and buildout across the state and provide input into digital access, affordability and need for technical skills to create equitable distribution of resources.
For those who are unable to attend the meetings or open comment periods and want to learn more about high-speed internet access in Nebraska, visit https://ndot.info/community to review information and provide feedback.