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Rural communities are waiting for the Legislature to act on broadband

Published by: Caryl Guisinger, Belgrace, Nebraska

Oakland, NB (February 11, 2019) - The Nebraska Legislature has the opportunity to put rural communities on a level playing field with the state’s metro areas. LB 549, introduced this session, would make important investments in broadband service mapping across the state. For too long, these maps have given the wrong service information, blinding the Legislature as it tries to decide where to invest resources for broadband expansion.

Whether it is seeking medical advice, expanding a small business, or completing an education, rural Nebraskans, like me, depend on reliable access to broadband every day. Unfortunately, too many communities across the state are being left behind in an increasingly connected world. My town of less than 150 residents shouldn’t be cut off from participating in a modern economy.

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