Broadband Mapping Initiative

In an effort to better understand the state’s broadband capacity, the Panhandle Area Development District (PADD) is excited to launch a statewide broadband speed mapping initiative. With Covid-19 further increasing the need for broadband, it is a critical time for the state to grow in creating an affordable and accessible network to accommodate Nebraskan lives.

PADD has partnered with the geospatial engineering firm, GEO Partners LLC, to assist with the mapping initiative. GEO Partners will help identify availability, reliability, and redundancy of broadband statewide. What makes this initiative unique is the data is both dynamic, meaning points are constantly being added, and it is to the parcel-level, which helps internet service providers know exactly where they should invest.

The main goal of the initiative is to give elected officials, businesses, and the public accurate data so they know where they stand with broadband speeds. Information collected will support future broadband expansion grants and projects across the state, which is in great need here in the Panhandle. Community surveys will help identify the areas lacking high-speed internet. Residents can participate by going to https://nepadd.com/broadband-mapping-initiative/ and completing the speed test. Participation is encouraged to improve the accuracy of the study.

PADD will also work with the Nebraska Regional Officials Council (NROC), Nebraska’s development districts, and others to roll out this program to the most rural parts of Nebraska. This project is funded through a U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) CARES grant.

For additional information, please contact Bryan Venable at 308-633-3741 or bvenable@nepadd.com.

Click the link below to view the speed test map.

http://expressoptimizer.net/projects/Nebraska/speedtestmap.php