2014 Broadband Conference

2014 Broadband Conference

2014 Broadband Connecting Nebraska Conference

The 2014 Broadband Connecting Nebraska Conference provided proven strategies and best practices, conversations with practitioners, and case studies from businesses that are succeeding. 

Held October 1 and 2 at the Younes Center in Kearney, the event featured industry experts and business leaders.  They shared ideas and experience in taking advantage of high-speed Internet connections to operate more efficiently and grow market share.  Review the full Agenda for the event.

The Youth Track offered an exciting unique set of learning opportunities to students from Nebraska.  The focus was on innovation, creativity, emerging technologies and careers in information technology.  The theme was "Internet of Things."

Key Messages

The Broadband Connecting Nebraska Conference featured outstanding state and national speakers.  Share in their remarks by watching -- and sharing -- the videos of these presentations.

Opening Keynote Message, Shane Farritor, Professor of Engineering, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

"Maker Spaces: Driving Creativity, Innovation and Entrepreneurship" 

Luncheon Keynote, Daniel Sieberg, Author of The Digital Diet, Technology Correspondent & Senior Marketing Manager, Google

"Putting the Pieces Together: Making Sense of Transformational Technologies" 

Day One, Closing Keynote, Ryan Mead, CEO/Founder, Vitru Inc.

"Five Years and the Cloud" 

Day Two, Opening Keynote, Keith Adams, Deputy Director, USDA Rural Development Rural Utilities Service Program

"Smart Communities and Broadband"

Panel Discussion, "Broadband Availability & Affordability"

  • Nate Wyatt, Gothenburg State Bank
  • Maria "Liz" Connor, Latino Business Liason, Nebraska Broadband Initiative
  • Troy Stickels, Glenwood Telephone
  • Mike Mawby, Charter Communications
  • Tom Shoemaker, Pinpoint Communications
  • Jason Axthelm, NebraskaLink
  • Stuart Howerter, Unite Private Networks

Closing Keynote, Travis Hollman, President, Hollman Media, LLC

"Technology & Society: We Really Haven't Changed that Much!"

E-Rate & Other Broadband Regulatory Changes

Leaders from the Nebraska Public Service Commission shared insight to current status and potential trends.  Review these presentations.

Moving Forward with the State Broadband Plan

Anne Byers, with the Nebraska Information Technology Commission, explained the new statewide plan.  Based on input from citizens across the state, "Broadband in Nebraska:  Current Landscape and Recommendations" showcases progress and potential.  Byers presented this video of Broadband in Nebraska highlights.

Breakout Sessions

A series of Breakout Sessions offered varied perspecitves on a variety of topics.  Nebraska business and technology leaders shared their insight and expertise.

Remote Video & Sensing
Kylen Hunt, Crop Metrics, discussed Managing for Profit -- Wirelessly.

Get Involved

Learn more and take action to bring broadband to your area.

Do you have mobile coverage?

Do you have mobile coverage?

Test your mobile coverage

Download the Mobile Pulse app to find out if you have mobile coverage available. Simply search for Mobile Pulse in your apps. Why is this important? The State of Nebraska wants to improve mobile broadband coverage across the state. How fast can you download data across our state? This app can tell you.

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Is broadband available?

Is broadband available?

Review the Nebraska Broadband Map

See what broadband services are available in your town or region in Nebraska. The data for the map was collected from broadband service providers, anchor institutions and residents of Nebraska.

View the Map
Is your community leveraging broadband?

Is your community leveraging broadband?

Review the Broadband Community Planning Workbook.

Learn how your community is currently utilizing broadband and identify ways in which broadband can enhance or develop opportunities. Click here to see if your community is ready to leverage broadband.

View the Workbook