Nebraska wants to know how many businesses use the Internet in an effort to increase the use of technology to bolster the state economy.
Lt. Governor Lavon Heidemann, chairman of the Nebraska Information Technology Commission, is asking businesses to participate in a survey through the Nebraska Broadband Initiative.
“We’re trying to figure out where they’re at and then, selected businesses we’ll get back to and tell them how they can maybe more effectively use broadband,” Heidemann tells Nebraska Radio Network.
The Nebraska Broadband Initiative says it hopes to improve how Nebraska businesses use the Internet through the survey and a scorecard it will compile.
Heidemann says the Information Technology Commission promotes the use of information technology in education, health care, economic development and government.
Though Nebraska has some problems with broadband coverage, state officials say 98% of Nebraskans have access to broadband technologies.
Under the project, businesses will be asked to participate in an online assessment of their broadband use. The Nebraska Broadband Initiative will use the information to compare technology use by Nebraska businesses to businesses in other parts of the country.
About 500 businesses will get personalized score cards and the opportunity to work with a business broadband coach.
According to the Lt. Governor’s office, Nebraska’s broadband mapping and planning project is led by the Nebraska Public Service Commission in partnership with the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Nebraska Information Technology Commission, Nebraska Department of Economic Development and AIM Institute. The University of Nebraska-Lincoln and the Nebraska Department of Economic Development are leading the business survey project.
You can visit the Nebraska Broadband website to learn more about the Nebraska Broadband Initiative by clicking here. Businesses interested in participating in the survey may contact: Jim Keeler, Business Broadband Manager with the University of Nebraska at 402-472-4235 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
AUDIO: Brent Martin reports [:35]