Nebraska could do better when it comes to providing broadband services its rural communities’ according to Gov. Pete Ricketts. That’s why the governor signed off on a measure passed by the legislature last session creating a task force of fourteen professionals to analyze the issue and make recommendations to lawmakers
Members of the Rural Broadband Task Force have backgrounds in various industries; from education to agriculture. That diversity is something task force chair Ed Toner, says will be crucial to the force’s goal of helping rural communities get access to broadband services.
“What might be a solution for smart farming might not be a good solution for healthcare.” says Toner. “I think everyone (on the force) has a little bit (of a) unique need and so we want to make sure we were inclusive of all those different needs out there.
Toner hopes to tackle broadband issues in rural communities as they relate to healthcare, agriculture, business and more.
Toner, who is also the State’s Chief Information Officer, says he’s looking forward to meeting with the various professionals. The group’s first meeting is set for September.
Recommendations the force may have for the unicameral are due by November 1st 2019.