Take Broadband Assessments

Broadband is transforming the economy and society, creating a completely new paradign. Businesses are using telecommunications to speed up transactions, reduce costs, and expand their markets. New technologies, like cloud computing, are allowing businesses to further reduce costs and increase flexibility and mobility. In response to these changing conditions, communities are finding that economic and community development processes need to be retooled. Communities are finding that they need to be e-communities, which utilize information technology to improve economic opportunities and quality of life. 

Take the following assessments to determine how and if your community is an e-community!

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Is Your Community an E-Community Assessment:
This is a good quiz to use with a group of people in a community that is meeting to do planning for the future or to create an awareness of the readiness of the community to promote new business, support existing business IT needs.

Section 1 Community Leadership Assessment:
This section will examine your community leadership and support. Are community leaders aware of the importance of information technology and do they work together to address IT development issues? Do community leaders understand how to use technologies like social networking, text messaging, or video to communicate with younger generations?

Section 2 Economic Development Assessment:
This section will examine your economic development and e-commerce in your community. Economic development is the driver behind technology-related development efforts. These efforts should include the development and support of local entrepreneurs and the development of a skilled workforce.

Section 3 Telecommunications Infrastructure Assessment:
This section will examine if your community has affordable access to broadband services. Are broadband services available to all businesses, organizations, and residents? Affordable access and high-speed access are often two different things. Both should be available in a community.

Section 4 Teleliteracy & Adoption Assessment:
Communities and regions in Nebraska can only fully realize the benefits of broadband if its residents have 1) the skills to utilize computer and Internet applications and 2) access to computers and broadband. Increasing teleliteracy skills and encouraging the use of broadband applications should be a priority of all community/regional technology plans.

Section 5 Advanced Technology Training Assessment:
Advanced, specialized training for technology skills can lead to a variety of certifications that are becoming increasingly valuable to IT professionals and the organizations they support. One challenge is the availability of training opportunities (availability of online training) that lead to various certifications, particularly for IT professionals in rural areas.

Section 6 Public Library Services Assessment:
This section will examine your community's public library services. What resources and assets are available in the community to address public library e-readiness? What resoures and assets are available regionally or in the state?

Section 7 Education Assessment:
This section will examine if the school(s) in your community use technology to enhance educational opportunities which may include distance education, using content management systems to support classroom learning, using web-based systems that let parents check grades or lunch balances, and/or using web-based systems to schedule parent-teacher conferences.

Section 8 Health Care Assessment:
Do local physicians and other prescribers transmit prescriptions electronically to area pharmacies? Do local pharmacies accept e-prescriptions? Do local hospital and providers participate in health information exchange?

Section 9 Local Government and Community Services Assessment:
This section will examine local governments using technology to communicate with citizens, to provide information, and to provide services. Are local governments using technology to communicate with citizens, to provide information, and to provide services?

Section 10 Non-Profits, Arts, Culture and History Assessment:
This section will examine Non-profits, Arts, Culture and History using technology to communicate with citizens, to provide information, and to provide services. Do mosts local non-profits have websites? What are our strengths in the area of non-profit and community-based e-readiness?

Section 11 Agriculture Assessment:
This section will examine Agriculture using technology to communicate with citizens, to provide information, and to provide services. Does someone serve as an agricultural technology leader in your community? Is support available in the community for cell phone, broadband, and precision technology?

Section 12 Social Capital Assessment:
This section will examine your social capital. Are community leaders aware of the importance of information technology and do they work together to address IT development issues? Are there good lines of communication and good working relationships among community institutions and citizens?

Section 13 Quality of Life Assessment:
This section will examine your quality of life in your community. Are community leaders aware of the importance of information technology and do they work together to address IT development issues? Does your community pay careful attention to quality of life issues? A high quality of life is essential to attract and retain new residents, workers and businesses

Section 14 Broadband Youth Assessment:
The purpose of this assessment is to get a youth perspective of current practices and future expectations for technology and broadband at home and work.

For additional information, contact Connie Hancock, Project Lead, 308-254-4455, or Charlotte Narjes, Project Lead, 402-472-1724.