The NITC Community Council has been addressing technology-related development in Nebraska's communities since its formation in 1998. As technologies and the needs of communities have changed, programming and areas of emphasis have shifted. Partnerships have been forged to address specific projects. Most recently, the emphasis has been on broadband planning.
On January 12, 2010, the National Telecommunications and Information Administration awarded the Nebraska Public Service Commission approximately $2.1 million for broadband data collection, mapping and planning activities over a two-year period. On September 27, 2010 an additional $3.5 million was awarded to the Public Service Commission for mapping and planning activities in years two through five of the project. The NITC Community Council is partnering with the University of Nebraska, the Nebraska Department of Economic Development, and the AIM Institute to implement the planning component of the broadband mapping grant.
With this funding, a broadband map of Nebraska was developed with information from telecommunications providers. The map is available at Nebraska Broadband - State Map. The map provides information that may be useful for policymakers, economic development professionals, businesses, and residents. Other resources are available at Nebraska Broadband.