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Broadband Availability—How Does Nebraska Compare to Neighboring States?

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By Anne Byers, Nebraska Information Technology Commission
Broadband availability is improving. However, rural broadband availability in the U.S., Nebraska, and our neighboring states remains a challenge with 88.9% of Nebraskans and 65.5% of rural Nebraskans having access to broadband at 25 Mbps down and 3 Mbps up. Nebraska lags the U.S. with 92.3% of Americans and 69.3% of rural Americans having broadband access according to the FCC’s 2018 Broadband Deployment Report.

Nebraska ranked 32nd out of the 50 states and the District of Columbia on broadband availability—up two spots from 2015. Nebraska ranked in the middle of our neighboring states in broadband availability of 25 Mbps/3Mbps. (See the following chart and table.)

Neighboring States Graph


FCC 2018 Broadband Deployment Report

The 2015 figure was calculated from the Digital Divide Index county dataset 2015 which was obtained using the FCC Form 477 December v2 data set. See the Nebraska Broadband Special Report: Nebraska and the Digital Divide Index

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