State News

Catching Up on Broadband, Editorial

One can imagine that in some quarters the state action plan for broadband might have provoked snarky comments. For one thing, it took about five years to produce. In terms of Internet...

Lt. Governor Nelson Announces "Broadband in Nebraska" Plan

Today, Lt. Governor John Nelson announced the release of a state broadband plan. Broadband in Nebraska: Current Landscape and Recommendations lays out a vision for broadband in Nebraska, sets...

Nebraska: The new tech frontier

BY SEN. DEB FISCHER Nebraskans are no strangers to blazing new trails. Our state's rich heritage is deeply rooted in our pioneer history. Nebraska's early settlers dared to move beyond...

Connecting Business Through Technology Conference

A Connecting Business Through Technology conference Oct. 10 in Omaha will help local businesses explore how technology can help them achieve their goals. The event will be at the Salvation Army...

Broadband Connecting Nebraska Conference Oct. 1-2 in Kearney

The 2014 Broadband Connecting Nebraska Conference Oct. 1-2 will give people a chance to share their success stories, as well as hear from experts about the latest developments in Internet...

Census data on Internet, computer access show that digital divide persists in Iowa, Nebraska

When it comes to navigating the information superhighway, Nebraska and Iowa are generally cruising right along at the speed limit. About eight out of 10 households in the two states have...

Broadband Initiative Partners With Library Commission for Technology Training

The Nebraska Library Commission recently enhanced public computer access in 147 libraries across the state and then faced a challenge: New demands on library staff and volunteers to help patrons...

Broadband a must-have

Easy access to fresh water and arable land were among the earliest must-haves for successful towns. To be safe and prosperous, many required the protection of castles or forts. The...

Technology Use in Agriculture

In September 2013, the Nebraska Broadband Initiative partnered with the Strategic Networks Group (SNG) to conduct an email survey of Nebraska businesses on their use of broadband technologies....

On the fast track: Smaller towns look to ever-speedier Internet for development, retention

When school is in session in Carroll, Iowa, there are about 3,000 wireless devices accessing the network across the Carroll Community School District, superintendent Rob Cordes estimates. ...

Older Nebraskans' Internet Service Up But Still Lower Than Other Demographic Groups

Nearly 70 percent of older Nebraskans have Internet service in their homes – higher than the national average but still lower than other demographic groups, according to a recent survey. The...

Verizon enhances 4G network in high-traffic sites of Nebraska

Verizon Wireless said it has expanded its newest technology – known as XLTE – to Nebraska locations to enhance high-speed services for customers. Markets in Nebraska where it is installed...

Internet speeds set to ramp up in Omaha

Cox Communications Inc., the third-largest U.S. cable company, plans to start offering much faster broadband service to residential customers this year as entertainment increasingly becomes...

New Broadband Survey Notes Progress in Four Years in Nebraska

Although elderly and low-income Nebraskans continue to lag behind other demographic groups in Internet access, they have made significant gains in the last four years, according to a new survey. ...

Videos of Broadband Technology Fairs Available Online

Videos of Broadband Technology Fairs held across Nebraska have been archived online for further use. The technology fairs, hosted by the Nebraska Broadband Initiative, drew small business...

Gov. Heineman Announces New Nebraska Job Searching Mobile App

Gov. Dave Heineman announced a new mobile app for smartphones and tablets to aid in searching for available Nebraska jobs. The free app is an extension of NEworks.nebraska.gov , the Nebraska...

Businesses say broadband internet is a necessity

The internet has become a regular part of daily life for many of us, and an integral aspect of running a business. A report from the Nebraska Broadband Initiative found that most businesses say...

Technology Fair Emphasizes Importance of Broadband: Warns of Hackers

A technology fair in North Platte emphasized the importance of access to broadband internet, but experts also made people aware of how easy it is for hackers to turn your computer against you using...

Lt. Gov. Heidemann Reports Results of Nebraska Broadband Initiative

Nebraska Businesses Say Broadband is Key to Growth and Success Lt. Gov. Lavon Heidemann today announced that Nebraska businesses no longer see broadband Internet service as a luxury, but...

Technology Helps Serve Nebraskans, By Gov. Dave Heineman

As technology continues to evolve, state government agencies have worked diligently to implement technology solutions that will make Nebraska state government more efficient and more easily...
National News

Digital divide exacerbates US inequality

The majority of families in some of the US's poorest cities do not have a broadband connection, according to a Financial Times analysis of official data that shows how the "digital divide" is...

How Mobile Technology Can Improve Employees' Well-Being

People are increasingly using mobile technology to improve their well-being. This isn't surprising, given that mobile technology is becoming more integral to people's lives. In the U.S., the...

Philips gives COPD patients lifeline with new gadget

There are many wearable health-trackers on the market, but few manage to bridge the divide between personal and professional use. Philips today announced the release of a new wearable diagnostic...

Younger Americans and Public Libraries

Younger Americans—those ages 16-29—especially fascinate researchers and organizations because of their advanced technology habits, their racial and ethnic diversity, their looser relationships...

Texting creating "text neck"

The way we text and use technology is having an effect on our health, warn experts. "The problem is the posture," Dr. Dean Fishman, a chiropractic physician who created and trademarked the...

FCC RELEASES NEW DATA ON INTERNET ACCESS SERVICES AND LOCAL TELEPHONE COMPETITION

The Federal Communications Commission has released its latest reports on Internet access service connections and local telephone services in the United States. Titled Internet Access...

Supreme Court bans warrantless cell phone searches, updates privacy laws

The Supreme Court ruled  that police cannot go snooping through people's cell phones without a warrant, in a unanimous decision that amounts to a major statement in favor of privacy rights. ...

Older Adults and Technology Use

America's seniors have historically been late adopters to the world of technology compared to their younger compatriots, but their movement into digital life continues to deepen, according to...

From Distant Admirers to Library Lovers -- and beyond

The digital era has brought profound challenges and opportunities to countless institutions and industries, from universities to newspapers to the music industry, in ways both large and small....

Couples, the Internet, and Social Media

As technology becomes more deeply integrated into people's lives, couples are feeling both the positive and negative effects of digital communications tools in their relationships. Fully 27%...

FCC to Launch Rural Broadband Trials

Small Internet providers that have been trying to tap federal funds to serve hard-to-reach rural customers are going to get a crack at some of that money, but their first step will be convincing...

E-Reading Rises as Device Ownership Jumps

The proportion of Americans who read e-books is growing, but few have completely replaced print books for electronic versions. The percentage of adults who read an e-book in the past year has...

Social Media Update 2013

Some 73% of online adults now use a social networking site of some kind.1 Facebook is the dominant social networking platform in the number of users, but a striking number of users are now...

FCC Releases New Data on Internet Access Services

The Federal Communications Commission has released its latest report on Internet access service connections in the United States.    Titled Internet Access Services, the report is based...

Americans Value Public Libraries in Their Communities

Americans strongly value the role of public libraries in their communities, both for providing access to materials and resources and for promoting literacy and improving the overall quality of...

Older Americans' Internet Use Up vs. 2002, but Still Lags

Overall, Internet use has risen from 69% in 2002 to 87% today Americans' self-reported Internet use has risen from 69% in 2002 to 87% today, but significant gaps in usage remain across age,...

Online Video 2013

Over the past four years, the percent of American adult internet users who upload or post videos online has doubled from 14% in 2009 to 31% today. That includes 18% of adult internet users who...

Home Broadband 2013

Some 70% of American adults ages 18 and older have a high-speed broadband connection at home as of May 2013, according to a nationally representative survey by the Pew Research Center’s...

51 Percent of U.S. Adults Bank Online

Fifty-one percent of U.S. adults, or 61% of internet users, bank online. Thirty-two percent of U.S. adults, or 35% of cell phone owners, bank using their mobile phones. These findings are based...

72 Percent of Online Adults Use Social Networking

The Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project has been studying online adults’ social networking site use since 2005, and has seen substantial growth since then. Today, 72%...