Facilitating Fiber in Nebraska

May 24 – 11:00 am to 11:45 am
Quandary Peak 3

Public-private partnerships offer a valuable blueprint for improving rural connectivity. However, direct involvement in broadband expansion is an unprecedented and often daunting responsibility for many county governments. Developing partnerships between counties and providers requires a holistic consideration of local needs, network technologies and capabilities, and state and federal funding guidelines. Regional economic development organizations are well-positioned to serve as intermediaries in this process. Using Nextlink Internet and Gage County, Nebraska as a case study for hybrid Fiber/FWA deployments to rapidly deliver county-wide ubiquitous results. This session will address how regional economic development organizations can facilitate the formation of partnerships between internet service providers and counties.

Session Slides

Speakers

Bill Baker

Nextlink Internet: Chief Executive Officer/Owner

Oliver Borchers-Williams

Nebraska: AmeriCorps Lead, Southeast Nebraska Development District