Gov. Ricketts signs broadband service bill

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LINCOLN, Neb. (KCAU) – On Wednesday, Nebraska Governor Ricketts hosted an event to sign a bill regarding broadband service in the state.

The bill Gov. Ricketts signed is called LB 388, and it should connect around 30,000 households with broadband service.

“In our digital world, high-speed broadband internet is basic infrastructure we need to grow our entire state. LB 388 expands quality broadband internet so that more Nebraskans can work from home, participate in remote education, access telehealth services, engage in e-commerce, and enjoy online entertainment.  Thank you to the Legislature for helping to grow Nebraska by investing in our broadband infrastructure,” said Gov. Ricketts.

The bill provides $20 million in matching grants every year to expand broadband access. Ricketts said making sure Nebraskans have access to enhanced internet is the best path to growth.

“We can only be a healthy state if we’re growing our entire state. While many parts of urban Nebraska have high-speed internet access, we need to connect all parts of Nebraska. This bill will help us do that.

Broadband networks funded by the bill will be built to upload and download speeds of 100 megabits per second, which if four times faster than the minimum required by the FCC.

Telecommunication representatives and state senators joined Ricketts at the event.

You can watch the signing above.

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