Nebraska state government is using data analytics to make decisions about broadband upgrades, and it needs the public's help. The Nebraska Public Service Commission (PSC) is asking Nebraskans to participate in an online test that will capture their current Internet speed to help the state identify unserved and underserved areas. According to the McCook Daily Gazette, the data will be used to update the state broadband map.
"As you make any policy decisions around broadband, the best decisions are made when you have the most important current data about it so you're not funding something that's not necessary or overlooking a spot that needs assistance," said Anne Boyle, PSC vice chairwoman.
PSC Commissioner Rod Johnson noted that while most households in the state do have access to a broadband provider, consumers would benefit from more choices. Having access to current broadband speed data across the state will help officials make the best of use of grant funding, he said.
Visit the Nebraska Broadband Mapping Project website for more information.