Governor Dave Heineman says fiber optics are crucial to Nebraska’s future. During a visit to southeast Nebraska on Wednesday, Governor Heineman spoke to Nebraska City’s Rotary Club about advances in internet technology using the fiber optic cables.
“Just start with the schools,” he says. “They’re going to need more bandwidth, that’s why you need the fiber, all the data, the pictures, everything that’s going to flow through there, and then economically, if you’re going to talk to businesses about locating in your community, you’re going to need it, you’re going to need greater capacity.”
On Monday, Nebraska City leaders passed the broadband franchise ordinance, which they hope will bring one gig of bandwidth speed to the town’s business and residential customers in the near future. Other communities in the state are trying to boost their internet speeds. Heineman was in the western Nebraska town of Hemingford on Tuesday, where he says they’re doing just that.
He says, “They figured out a way to work with their local telecommunications provider, about 1,500 people live there, and they’re going to install fiber optics to every home and every farm and every ranch in their community.”
The governor says Hemingford’s increased bandwidth will help members of the community work from the comfort of their community instead of having to drive to another town to do business.
By Nate Gonner, KNCY, Nebraska City