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NITC Updates Statewide Technology Plan

Brodband Plan

The NITC’s updated statewide technology plan, Transforming Government, Education, Healthcare and Communities, focuses on seven strategic initiatives which promote the effective use of technology within the State of Nebraska, as well as education, economic development, local government, and health care.
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Partnership Launched to Help Close the Homework Gap for Rural Students

The Nebraska Library Commission has been awarded a National Leadership Sparks Grant of $25,000 by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) for a partnership project with the Nebraska Office of the Chief Information Officer (OCIO) and five local school districts and public libraries. Five rural Nebraska school districts and public libraries will work together as partners to increase Internet speeds at the public library using fixed wireless technology to provide additional Internet to the library, augmenting the current Internet service. Nebraska communities participating in this one-year project beginning June 1 include Bancroft, Genoa, Imperial, Verdigre, and Wymore.
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Broadband availability in Nebraska is improving, with fixed broadband service of 25 Mbps down and 3 Mbps up available to 89% of Nebraskans in 2016, up from 84% in 2014. Although the percent of rural Nebraskans with broadband available improved from 49% in 2014 to 66% in 2016, there is still a significant rural-urban gap in broadband availability.
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Small Nebraska Counties with Greater Broadband Availability Have Higher Average Per Capita Income

Small Nebraska counties with widespread broadband availability have a higher average per capita income than counties with less widespread broadband availability. The average per capita income of small Nebraska counties with the greatest broadband availability was $27,642.40, compared to an average per capita income of $25,542.14 for those counties with the least broadband availability.
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Hide and Watch

Hide and watch” is a Texas expression that I use, and yet no one from Nebraska has called me out for using it or asked me what it means. However, “hide and watch” is one of those idioms with multiple implications that changes meanings depending on the situation.
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