Board of Commissioners to expand broadband access to rural Lancaster County
"The goal of this project is to ensure that citizens from Davey to Firth have the same access to fiber-based broadband as the citizens in Lincoln enjoy today," said David Young, Chief Information Officer.
LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – The Lancaster County Board of Commissioners announced they will be expanding broadband access to rural Lancaster County.
The Board says they committed $10 million in federal American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds which will support the development of broadband infrastructure in the county’s rural areas.
ARPA provides resources for Lancaster County to meet pandemic response needs, including expanding and improving access to fiber-based broadband in the county.
According to the Board, they will use the funding to install around 170 miles of conduit throughout rural Lancaster County.
“The pandemic has highlighted the divide in access to broadband services between the City of Lincoln and rural Lancaster County,” said Chair Deb Schorr.
The Lincoln County broadband project operates in a partnership with the City of Lincoln Information Services Department.
“The goal of this project is to ensure that citizens from Davey to Firth have the same access to fiber-based broadband as the citizens in Lincoln enjoy today,” said David Young, Chief Information Officer.
The project’s construction is set to begin in April of 2022 with a completion date in June of 2023.