Governor Ricketts Announces Rural Broadband Task Force Members (pdf)

Governor Pete Ricketts announced representatives to serve on the Rural Broadband Task Force. The task force will review issues related to availability, adoption, and affordability of broadband services in rural areas of Nebraska and make recommendations to the Legislature.
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Partnership Launched to Help Close Homework Gap for Rural Students (pdf)

The Nebraska Library Commission announced Monday, it received a National Leadership Sparks Grant of $25,000 from 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. Nebraska communities participating in this one-year project beginning June 1 include Bancroft, Genoa, Imperial, Verdigre, and Wymore. The Nebraska Schools and Libraries—Breaking the Ice and Igniting Internet Relationships grant is one of 26 projects out of 117 applications to receive funding totaling $5,770,682 to support libraries across the nation.
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Governor Ricketts Seeks Rural Broadband Task Force Members (pdf)

Governor Ricketts is seeking representatives of agribusiness, business, wireline telecommunications, wireless telecommunications, public power, health care providers, postsecondary educational institutions, and rural schools to serve as members of the Rural Broadband Task Force. The task force will review issues related to availability, adoption, and affordability of broadband services in rural areas of Nebraska and make recommendations to the Legislature.
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Survey looks at How Nebraskans are Using Broadband and Cost Benefits (pdf)

Digital readiness is key to building a stronger workforce and strengthening the State’s economy. The University of Nebraska Extension, the Nebraska Information Technology Commission, the Nebraska Public Service Commission, and Nebraska Library Commission have partnered with the Purdue Center for Regional Development to conduct a statewide Digital Readiness survey. The survey is open to the public and available until April 30.
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The State of Nebraska Earns 2017 OnBase Government Innovation Award

The State of Nebraska’s Office of the CIO, has received Hyland’s OnBase Government Innovation Award. The State of Nebraska was selected as the award winner, through a live voting process earlier this month, at the 2017 CommunityLIVE conference early last month…
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Winners of "Beyond the Walls" Awards Announced (pdf)

Libraries in seven states to lead community TV WhiteSpace projects…
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Nebraska CIO named “State Executive of the Year” by StateScoop in annual StateScoop 50 Awards

This week a newcomer to government, Ed Toner, received national recognition for his work in consolidating state IT resources for Nebraska’s public sector. Named “State Executive of the Year”, in the annual StateScoop 50 Awards, Nebraska’s Chief Information Officer (CIO) was honored Sunday, at a reception in Crystal City, Virginia.
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State Chief Information Officer Ed Toner, State of Nebraska, Profiled in NASCIO State CIOs Make a Difference Campaign

State Chief Information Officer (CIO) Ed Toner is making a difference for Nebraska by leading the Office of the Chief Information Officer (OCIO) in their mission of creating opportunities through more effective, more efficient and customer-focused state government.
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SHLB Coalition Welcomes Network Nebraska as Newest Member (pdf)

Washington, DC (December 13, 2016) - Network Nebraska became the newest member of the Schools, Health & Libraries Broadband (SHLB) Coalition, a diverse partnership of 71 anchor institutions, commercial companies, non-profit broadband providers, foundations, public interest groups, and others. Together, these organizations promote open, affordable, high-capacity broadband for anchor institutions and their communities.
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State offices are leveraging and sharing geospatial data, changing the way taxpayers navigate Nebraska

Since the public release of NebraskaMAP.gov, Nebraskans are beginning to visualize geographic data in new ways. NebraskaMAP provides access to more than 150 peer-reviewed geographic data layers and maps through an open data platform.
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Nebraska Public Schools find Savings in State, University Internet Service

This week Nebraska’s Chief Information Officer announces the 245th and final public school district has elected to join the statewide education network known as Network Nebraska.
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