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Broadband Service in Nebraska

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Internet Access in Nebraska

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Coverage by County

Nebraska Interactive SVG Map showing broadband coverage by county.
74.5%
74.5% TERRESTRIAL BROADBAND COVERAGE
10.8%
10.8% POPULATION UNDERSERVED

75.4

48th

Broadband Speeds

82.7%

of Nebraskans have access to broadband 100mbps or faster.

61.0%

of Nebraskans have access to 1 gigabit broadband.

Wired Coverage

96.1%

of Nebraskans have access to wireline service.

43.8%

of Nebraskans have access to fiber-optic service.

78.6%

of Nebraskans have access to cable service.

85.8%

of Nebraskans have access to DSL service.

Coverage by County in Nebraska

County Name % Broadband Coverage
Adams 93.4%
Antelope 56.5%
Arthur 76.5%
Banner 9.7%
Blaine 39.1%
Boone 55.5%
Box Butte 94.9%
Boyd 99.5%
Brown 82.7%
Buffalo 89.8%
Burt 75.7%
Butler 64.9%
Cass 80.6%
Cedar 72.8%
Chase 71.3%
Cherry 72.3%
Cheyenne 88.7%
Clay 63.8%
Colfax 22.5%
Cuming 65.2%
Custer 66.4%
Dakota 89.1%
Dawes 80.8%
Dawson 83.2%
Deuel 1.9%
Dixon 87.6%
Dodge 92.5%
Douglas 98.4%
Dundy 83.0%
Fillmore 62.4%
Franklin 35.9%
Frontier 69.6%
Furnas 25.8%
Gage 77.8%
Garden 18.4%
Garfield 89.5%
Gosper 17.9%
Grant 33.1%
Greeley 28.3%
Hall 92.2%
Hamilton 55.4%
Harlan 2.6%
Hayes 28.8%
Hitchcock 43.2%
Holt 65.9%
Hooker 26.5%
Howard 61.1%
Jefferson 76.1%
Johnson 50.6%
Kearney 85.8%
Keith 82.5%
Keya Paha 97.0%
Kimball 87.6%
Knox 66.9%
Lancaster 97.2%
Lincoln 93.2%
Logan 47.4%
Loup 74.1%
McPherson 51.0%
Madison 90.2%
Merrick 58.9%
Morrill 60.9%
Nance 48.8%
Nemaha 75.6%
Nuckolls 71.4%
Otoe 74.4%
Pawnee 57.2%
Perkins 64.6%
Phelps 83.3%
Pierce 73.6%
Platte 79.7%
Polk 56.8%
Red Willow 87.9%
Richardson 92.5%
Rock 85.0%
Saline 81.5%
Sarpy 96.8%
Saunders 77.2%
Scotts Bluff 86.9%
Seward 76.3%
Sheridan 66.6%
Sherman 71.3%
Sioux 15.0%
Stanton 76.8%
Thayer 70.1%
Thomas 34.0%
Thurston 49.9%
Valley 75.1%
Washington 71.9%
Wayne 79.0%
Webster 87.5%
Wheeler 78.7%
York 82.8%

Internet Speed in Top Nebraska Cities

City Avg. Download Speed No. of Providers
1. Omaha 88.8 MBPS 25 Providers
2. Lincoln 68.7 MBPS 23 Providers
3. Bellevue 108.1 MBPS 13 Providers
4. Grand Island 54.0 MBPS 19 Providers
5. Kearney 44.2 MBPS 17 Providers

Speeds for Major Providers in Nebraska

Provider Avg. Download Speed
Cox Communications 112.4 MBPS
Charter Spectrum 70.5 MBPS
CenturyLink 42.4 MBPS
Future Technologies 8.9 MBPS
Rise Broadband 8.9 MBPS

The State of Broadband in Nebraska, 2020

Written by the BroadbandNow team. Last updated 9/1/2020.

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 92.8% 13 providers
Ashland 73.7% 17 providers
Auburn 81.4% 12 providers
Aurora 67.3% 15 providers
Beatrice 90.2% 8 providers
Bellevue 96.5% 13 providers
Bennington 93.8% 15 providers
Blair 79.0% 10 providers
Broken Bow 85.4% 10 providers
Central City 74.8% 12 providers
Chadron 81.4% 10 providers
Columbus 88.5% 16 providers
Cozad 77.0% 13 providers
Crete 88.1% 14 providers
David City 78.2% 12 providers
Elkhorn 97.7% 12 providers
Fairbury 80.7% 9 providers
Falls City 100.0% 8 providers
Fremont 96.3% 15 providers
Gering 91.2% 10 providers
Gothenburg 84.9% 14 providers
Grand Island 97.6% 19 providers
Gretna 95.8% 16 providers
Hastings 96.3% 13 providers
Holdrege 90.7% 13 providers
Kearney 96.0% 17 providers
La Vista 95.2% 15 providers
Lexington 89.0% 15 providers
Lincoln 99.2% 23 providers
Mc Cook 89.1% 15 providers
Minden 88.0% 14 providers
Nebraska City 85.8% 12 providers
Norfolk 94.2% 14 providers
North Platte 98.6% 15 providers
Ogallala 94.3% 15 providers
Omaha 98.6% 25 providers
Oneill 84.7% 11 providers
Papillion 98.4% 14 providers
Plattsmouth 91.1% 12 providers
Schuyler 31.0% 13 providers
Scottsbluff 96.7% 11 providers
Seward 89.2% 18 providers
Sidney 90.7% 13 providers
South Sioux City 92.2% 10 providers
Valentine 81.3% 11 providers
Wahoo 84.5% 13 providers
Waverly 89.1% 17 providers
Wayne 86.7% 9 providers
West Point 71.1% 16 providers
York 90.4% 14 providers
Last Updated on 9/1/2020.