In an effort to better understand the state’s broadband capacity, SIMPCO is excited to take part in a Nebraska statewide broadband speed mapping initiative. As broadband has become an increasingly important part of life, further intensified by COVID-19, creating an affordable and accessible statewide network is critical for growth.

SIMPCO has partnered with the geospatial engineering firm, GEO Partners LLC to assist with the mapping initiative. GEO Partners will help identify the availability, reliability, and redundancy of broadband. What makes this initiative unique is the data is both dynamic, meaning points are constantly being added, and it is to the parcel-level, which helps internet service providers know exactly where they should invest.

SIMPCO will also work with the Nebraska Regional Officials Council (NROC), Nebraska’s development districts, and others to roll out this program to the most rural parts of Nebraska. This project is funded through a U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) CARES grant.

The primary goal of the initiative is to give the public, elected officials, and businesses accurate data, so they know exactly where they stand with broadband speeds. Information will support future broadband expansion grants and projects across the state of Nebraska. Community surveys will help identify the areas lacking high-speed internet. Dakota County residents can participate by going to Dakota County Broadband Study – SIMPCO and completing the speed test. Reoccurring participation is encouraged to improve the accuracy of the study over its two year period.  No personal data will be collected at any time.

For additional information, please contact Michelle Bostinelos or Victoria Halloran at 712-279-6286.

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