State News

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...

Broadband Technology Fairs Scheduled for March, April

A series of Broadband Technology Fairs is scheduled across the state in March and early April.             The theme highlights "The Power...

New App Helps Measure State Mobile Broadband Networks

In an effort to ensure the most accurate measurement of state mobile broadband networks, the Nebraska Broadband Initiative encourages participation through a new mobile broadband testing...

State funding urged for telecom services

Rural Nebraska could lose high-quality broadband service unless the state provides funding to offset a loss in federal subsidies, a consultant told lawmakers on Tuesday. The small carriers are at...

A Broad(Band) Future

It's the technology of the future. Broadband cable is stretching across the country including rural areas of Nebraska. In Paxton, Nebraska state senators are on their way to a...

Nebraska Public Service Commission Launches Mobile Service Testing

In an effort to ensure the most accurate measurement and mapping of state mobile broadband networks, the Nebraska Public Service Commission (NPSC) has partnered with mobile analytics firm Mobile...

Network Nebraska - Education wins award, needs your support

You can help demonstrate the power of Nebraska social networking. The Network Nebraska-Education was recently awarded the top Cross-Boundary Collaboration and Partnership Project from the...

Nebraska Broadband Initiative Releases Regional Plans

The Nebraska Broadband Initiative has released a series of regional plans outlining priorities and strategies on broadband usage throughout the state. "Broadband is key for economic...

Connecting Nebraskans to the digital age

Eighty-one percent of Nebraskans say they have access to the internet, whether it's at their house or at the library. There's a digital divide that could mean missed opportunities for rural...

Broadband Connecting Nebraska Conference Scheduled Oct. 16 -17

The Nebraska Broadband Initiative's annual conference aims to show professionals how businesses are taking advantage of broadband technology. The Broadband Connecting Nebraska Conference will be...

Nebraska broadband survey is offered

The Nebraska Broadband Initiative launched a new survey designed to collect information on the use of broadband technology by Nebraska businesses. The survey will allow for comparison of...

Nebraska Broadband Initiative Releases New Survey

The Nebraska Broadband Initiative launched a new survey designed to collect information on the use of broadband technology by Nebraska businesses. The Nebraska Broadband Initiative, part of an...

Broadband gets closer look

World-Herald Editorial :  It has long been understood that infrastructure — good roads, bridges, electrical grids, water systems — is important for a region’s economic...

Nebraska wants to know how businesses use the Internet

Nebraska wants to know how many businesses use the Internet in an effort to increase the use of technology to bolster the state economy. Lt. Governor Lavon Heidemann, chairman of the Nebraska...

State starts broadband initiative

Nebraska officials want to learn about how businesses are using broadband Internet technology so they can help the companies grow. Lt. Gov. Lavon Heidemann said the state is inviting businesses...

Lt. Gov. Heidemann Announces Broadband Business Initiative

State’s Businesses to Improve Efficiencies and Drive Growth through Broadband Technology (Lincoln, Neb.) Lt. Gov. Lavon Heidemann, as Chair of the Nebraska Information Technology...

Google recognizes Lincoln as Nebraska's 'eCity'

Lincoln has been named the 2013 “eCity of Nebraska” by Google. The eCity Awards recognize the strongest online business community in each state. "These businesses are embracing...
National News

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%...

The Impact of Digital Tools on Student Writing

A survey of 2,462 Advanced Placement (AP) and National Writing Project (NWP) teachers finds that digital technologies are shaping student writing in myriad ways and have also become helpful tools...

USDA Seeks Applications to Finance Rural Broadband in Remote Areas

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced that applications are being accepted for grants to finance broadband deployment in remote, rural areas. The United States Department of Agriculture...

What Do Young People Need To Stay In Rural America?

Rural communities are losing the next generation. How can we retain young people in rural America? I recently read an article on the Financial Times (FT) website that discussed the decline in...

NTIA Report Explores How and Why People Connect to the Internet

In a new report released today, Exploring the Digital Nation: America’s Emerging Online Experience, NTIA examines how Americans connect to the Internet and what Americans do once they get...

Closing the Broadband Gap for Students and Teachers

President Obama and Secretary Duncan launched the ConnectED initiative—a call to connect 99 percent of schools across the country to broadband Internet within five years. The President...

Teens, Social Media, and Privacy

Teens are sharing more information about themselves on social media sites than they have in the past, but they are also taking a variety of technical and non-technical steps to manage the privacy...

NTIA Explores Broadband Availability in New Report Series

Today, NTIA is pleased to introduce a new set of reports, the Broadband Briefs series, that use publicly available data collected by the U.S. Department of Commerce to examine broadband...