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Broadband Service in Nebraska

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Internet Access in Nebraska

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Coverage by County

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74.5%
74.5% TERRESTRIAL BROADBAND COVERAGE
10.8%
10.8% POPULATION UNDERSERVED
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Broadband Speeds

87.1%

of Nebraskans have access to wired broadband 25mbps or faster.

81.2%

of Nebraskans have access to broadband 100mbps or faster.

20.8%

of Nebraskans have access to 1 gigabit broadband.

Wired Coverage

96.0%

of Nebraskans have access to wireline service.

24.5%

of Nebraskans have access to fiber-optic service.

79.0%

of Nebraskans have access to cable service.

86.5%

of Nebraskans have access to DSL service.

Coverage by County in Nebraska

County Name % Broadband Coverage
Adams 93.5%
Antelope 56.1%
Arthur 76.5%
Banner 0.0%
Blaine 39.1%
Boone 55.6%
Box Butte 94.2%
Boyd 99.2%
Brown 82.7%
Buffalo 88.9%
Burt 75.2%
Butler 63.8%
Cass 81.2%
Cedar 71.8%
Chase 71.3%
Cherry 62.6%
Cheyenne 70.5%
Clay 64.9%
Colfax 21.9%
Cuming 64.6%
Custer 44.8%
Dakota 90.5%
Dawes 82.9%
Dawson 83.2%
Deuel 6.7%
Dixon 86.2%
Dodge 92.2%
Douglas 98.7%
Dundy 81.1%
Fillmore 60.7%
Franklin 36.1%
Frontier 13.5%
Furnas 25.8%
Gage 73.3%
Garden 22.9%
Garfield 0.6%
Gosper 18.8%
Grant 26.6%
Greeley 18.8%
Hall 92.2%
Hamilton 17.3%
Harlan 2.5%
Hayes 3.9%
Hitchcock 2.7%
Holt 64.6%
Hooker 24.6%
Howard 43.6%
Jefferson 65.9%
Johnson 50.1%
Kearney 87.0%
Keith 70.3%
Keya Paha 97.0%
Kimball 72.8%
Knox 63.5%
Lancaster 96.7%
Lincoln 85.7%
Logan 44.4%
Loup 2.9%
McPherson 46.2%
Madison 89.6%
Merrick 58.9%
Morrill 58.8%
Nance 49.4%
Nemaha 75.1%
Nuckolls 63.0%
Otoe 81.6%
Pawnee 56.7%
Perkins 39.6%
Phelps 83.3%
Pierce 73.2%
Platte 79.4%
Polk 54.7%
Red Willow 84.6%
Richardson 92.5%
Rock 83.2%
Saline 80.1%
Sarpy 96.8%
Saunders 75.4%
Scotts Bluff 87.0%
Seward 75.0%
Sheridan 64.0%
Sherman 44.0%
Sioux 15.3%
Stanton 76.0%
Thayer 68.8%
Thomas 34.0%
Thurston 47.5%
Valley 53.7%
Washington 70.5%
Wayne 78.9%
Webster 86.8%
Wheeler 54.2%
York 82.3%

Internet Speed in Top Nebraska Cities

City Avg. Download Speed No. of Providers
1. Omaha 73.8 MBPS 21 Providers
2. Lincoln 56.7 MBPS 22 Providers
3. Bellevue 92.6 MBPS 13 Providers
4. Grand Island 45.4 MBPS 21 Providers
5. Kearney 27.6 MBPS 18 Providers

Speeds for Major Providers in Nebraska

Provider Avg. Download Speed
Cox Communications 96.2 MBPS
Charter Spectrum 56.3 MBPS
CenturyLink 35.3 MBPS
Rise Broadband 9.8 MBPS
Future Technologies 9.1 MBPS

The State of Broadband in Nebraska, 2020

Written by the BroadbandNow team. Last updated 2/6/2020.

Nebraska lands itself at number 48 on the list of best-connected states. Nebraska is made up of mostly rural areas and with only a few large cities, this agricultural state doesn’t have the same sprawling broadband ecosystem as other states.

Broadband coverage varies from county to county, with no single area of the state at a significant advantage. Nebraska also has a statewide average download speed of 46.4 and 186 available internet service providers.

The Digital Divide in Nebraska

In every state, you will find a significant gap or “divide” between areas that have access to modern communication technology and those that do not. When we were quantifying Nebraska’s digital divide, two major factors that we considered were accessibility and affordability.

In Nebraska, the vast majority of the population (87.1%) has access to a wired connection capable of 25 Mbps. However, this means that there are still 217,000 people who aren't able to achieve the same speeds via a wired connection and yet another 74,000 who don't have any wired internet providers available where they live.

According to our latest affordability data, only 10.8% of Nebraska residents have access to a standalone wired broadband internet plan under $60 per month.

Best-Connected Cities

Being the only two large cities in Nebraska, Omaha, and Lincoln have the best broadband ecosystems in the state. Both of these metropolitan areas have 100% broadband coverage. Additionally, 100% of their population has access to an affordable internet connection under $60/Month.

Worst-Connected Cities

In contrast, Oak, Hubbell, and Virginia are the three worst connected towns in Nebraska. They rely on wireless broadband service, meaning they aren’t able to get the same high speed internet that comes along with a wired connection.

See how Nebraska compares with other States here.

Governmental Initiatives

In 2010 the Nebraska Broadband program was created by the state government with hopes “To increase economic development opportunities, attract and retain population, overcome the barriers of distance, and enhance the quality of life in Nebraska by facilitating the continuing deployment of broadband technologies which meet the need for increasing connection speeds”

Since its installment, Nebraska Broadband has been awarded $5,662,785 in federal grants towards its broadband improvement plan. The Nebraska Government has also awarded an additional $11,547,866 to various other broadband improvement projects.

This has helped the percentage of Nebraskans with access to a wired connection of at least 10 Mbps jump from 82.7% to 92.7% since 2011.

The information above is taken from a mix of public and private datasets. More about our data here.

Sources: Data collected via the FCC, NTIA, and other sources. For a full list of data sources please visit our data page.

Nebraska Cities

Average speed over time
Alliance 92.0% 13 providers
Ashland 73.7% 16 providers
Auburn 81.4% 12 providers
Aurora 7.9% 15 providers
Beatrice 89.4% 8 providers
Bellevue 96.6% 13 providers
Bennington 94.2% 15 providers
Blair 76.9% 10 providers
Broken Bow 84.2% 10 providers
Central City 74.7% 13 providers
Chadron 83.8% 10 providers
Columbus 88.4% 16 providers
Cozad 77.0% 13 providers
Crete 88.0% 13 providers
David City 78.2% 12 providers
Elkhorn 98.0% 12 providers
Fairbury 80.0% 9 providers
Falls City 100.0% 8 providers
Fremont 96.2% 16 providers
Gering 91.2% 10 providers
Gothenburg 84.5% 14 providers
Grand Island 97.7% 21 providers
Gretna 95.4% 17 providers
Hastings 96.5% 12 providers
Holdrege 90.5% 13 providers
Kearney 96.1% 18 providers
La Vista 95.2% 15 providers
Lexington 89.3% 15 providers
Lincoln 99.2% 22 providers
Mc Cook 91.6% 15 providers
Minden 89.4% 14 providers
Nebraska City 98.4% 12 providers
Norfolk 93.6% 13 providers
North Platte 97.8% 16 providers
Ogallala 94.2% 16 providers
Omaha 98.9% 21 providers
Oneill 84.7% 11 providers
Papillion 98.4% 13 providers
Plattsmouth 91.1% 12 providers
Schuyler 31.0% 14 providers
Scottsbluff 96.6% 11 providers
Seward 89.1% 17 providers
Sidney 90.5% 14 providers
South Sioux City 94.1% 10 providers
Valentine 70.0% 11 providers
Wahoo 82.0% 12 providers
Waverly 88.4% 16 providers
Wayne 86.7% 9 providers
West Point 70.5% 16 providers
York 89.9% 12 providers
Last Updated on 2/6/2020.