Broadband Service in Nebraska

Internet Access in Nebraska

See all states

Are you a journalist or researcher writing about this topic?

Contact us and we'll connect you with a broadband market expert on our team who can provide insights and data to support your work.

Coverage by County

74.5%
10.8%

97.3

48th

Broadband Speeds

86.8%

of Nebraskans have access to broadband 100mbps or faster.

63.8%

of Nebraskans have access to 1 gigabit broadband.

Wired Coverage

96.8%

of Nebraskans have access to wireline service

50.2%

of Nebraskans have access to fiber-optic service

80.1%

of Nebraskans have access to cable service

87.3%

of Nebraskans have access to DSL service

Coverage by County in Nebraska

County Name % Broadband Coverage
Adams 96.6%
Antelope 63.8%
Arthur 97.4%
Banner 18.4%
Blaine 81.2%
Boone 64.9%
Box Butte 95.6%
Boyd 100.0%
Brown 24.5%
Buffalo 90.5%
Burt 75.8%
Butler 67.3%
Cass 85.6%
Cedar 69.8%
Chase 74.0%
Cherry 67.7%
Cheyenne 89.1%
Clay 87.2%
Colfax 70.1%
Cuming 66.5%
Custer 75.2%
Dakota 90.5%
Dawes 81.5%
Dawson 85.2%
Deuel 34.6%
Dixon 91.2%
Dodge 93.7%
Douglas 99.0%
Dundy 83.0%
Fillmore 76.6%
Franklin 33.3%
Frontier 70.8%
Furnas 69.4%
Gage 82.2%
Garden 46.9%
Garfield 91.7%
Gosper 60.9%
Grant 73.8%
Greeley 38.3%
Hall 95.4%
Hamilton 99.3%
Harlan 7.1%
Hayes 27.3%
Hitchcock 2.2%
Holt 59.3%
Hooker 95.8%
Howard 76.2%
Jefferson 77.3%
Johnson 53.4%
Kearney 86.1%
Keith 89.7%
Keya Paha 97.0%
Kimball 89.9%
Knox 53.6%
Lancaster 99.4%
Lincoln 90.4%
Logan 26.3%
Loup 88.3%
McPherson 52.9%
Madison 93.0%
Merrick 69.9%
Morrill 64.4%
Nance 71.0%
Nemaha 77.4%
Nuckolls 78.9%
Otoe 82.0%
Pawnee 62.0%
Perkins 61.9%
Phelps 86.3%
Pierce 79.0%
Platte 84.3%
Polk 64.0%
Red Willow 88.3%
Richardson 93.1%
Rock 94.8%
Saline 91.6%
Sarpy 97.4%
Saunders 80.0%
Scotts Bluff 88.6%
Seward 90.0%
Sheridan 54.4%
Sherman 72.5%
Sioux 16.9%
Stanton 80.2%
Thayer 73.3%
Thomas 83.6%
Thurston 91.2%
Valley 76.6%
Washington 84.1%
Wayne 82.3%
Webster 59.1%
Wheeler 80.8%
York 91.0%

Internet Speed in Top Nebraska Cities

City Avg. Download Speed No. of Providers
1. Omaha 115.6 MBPS 25 Providers
2. Lincoln 88.0 MBPS 23 Providers
3. Bellevue 130.2 MBPS 14 Providers
4. Grand Island 68.2 MBPS 21 Providers
5. Kearney 77.8 MBPS 17 Providers

Speeds for Major Providers in Nebraska

Provider Avg. download speed
Cox Communications 135.7 MBPS
Spectrum 85.9 MBPS
CenturyLink 58.8 MBPS
Future Technologies 10.3 MBPS
Rise Broadband 9.7 MBPS

The State of Broadband in Nebraska, 2021

Written by the BroadbandNow team. Last updated 6/7/2021.

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.

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
Ainsworth 5.0%
9 providers
Albion 68.0%
9 providers
Alliance 93.7%
13 providers
Alma 0.6%
12 providers
Arapahoe 90.7%
8 providers
Arlington 78.1%
14 providers
Ashland 77.5%
17 providers
Atkinson 62.9%
13 providers
Auburn 81.8%
12 providers
Aurora 99.9%
16 providers
Bassett 97.7%
8 providers
Battle Creek 79.5%
13 providers
Bayard 58.9%
10 providers
Beatrice 91.3%
9 providers
Beemer 71.5%
14 providers
Bellevue 96.8%
14 providers
Bellwood 51.0%
13 providers
Benkelman 87.3%
8 providers
Bennet 93.8%
16 providers
Bennington 94.6%
15 providers
Bertrand 68.4%
11 providers
Blair 93.8%
10 providers
Bloomfield 58.8%
8 providers
Blue Hill 98.4%
7 providers
Brady 71.6%
11 providers
Bridgeport 67.6%
12 providers
Broken Bow 86.6%
10 providers
Burwell 90.6%
8 providers
Cairo 58.1%
16 providers
Callaway 57.2%
7 providers
Cambridge 94.6%
8 providers
Cedar Bluffs 77.2%
16 providers
Central City 85.9%
13 providers
Ceresco 73.5%
15 providers
Chadron 81.7%
10 providers
Chappell 49.1%
13 providers
Clarkson 48.7%
14 providers
Clay Center 92.0%
12 providers
Columbus 90.9%
17 providers
Cortland 60.5%
11 providers
Cozad 77.0%
13 providers
Crawford 83.9%
7 providers
Creighton 80.5%
9 providers
Crete 97.8%
15 providers
Crofton 48.1%
8 providers
Culbertson 0.8%
11 providers
Curtis 77.5%
9 providers
Dakota City 81.0%
10 providers
David City 79.1%
12 providers
De Witt 54.3%
11 providers
Denton 98.4%
15 providers
Deshler 78.2%
11 providers
Dodge 52.5%
13 providers
Doniphan 98.3%
15 providers
Dorchester 89.1%
13 providers
Eagle 98.1%
15 providers
Elgin 64.1%
9 providers
Elkhorn 98.7%
13 providers
Elm Creek 73.3%
13 providers
Elmwood 79.0%
13 providers
Elwood 88.3%
13 providers
Emerson 70.1%
11 providers
Fairbury 81.3%
9 providers
Falls City 100.0%
9 providers
Firth 95.7%
13 providers
Fort Calhoun 64.2%
13 providers
Franklin 0.0%
11 providers
Fremont 96.6%
16 providers
Friend 77.0%
16 providers
Geneva 89.2%
13 providers
Genoa 70.7%
14 providers
Gering 92.6%
10 providers
Gibbon 72.3%
14 providers
Gordon 73.9%
8 providers
Gothenburg 85.0%
14 providers
Grand Island 97.7%
21 providers
Grant 66.3%
12 providers
Greenwood 71.3%
16 providers
Gretna 96.1%
16 providers
Hartington 95.8%
10 providers
Harvard 93.8%
12 providers
Hastings 98.2%
14 providers
Hay Springs 55.4%
8 providers
Hebron 83.2%
11 providers
Hemingford 97.8%
8 providers
Henderson 98.2%
15 providers
Hershey 69.5%
11 providers
Hickman 99.6%
15 providers
Holdrege 91.1%
13 providers
Hooper 99.2%
13 providers
Humboldt 63.2%
12 providers
Humphrey 51.2%
16 providers
Imperial 83.3%
10 providers
Juniata 98.6%
11 providers
Kearney 96.2%
17 providers
Kenesaw 91.9%
11 providers
Kimball 90.2%
12 providers
La Vista 97.8%
15 providers
Laurel 74.1%
11 providers
Lexington 89.1%
15 providers
Lincoln 99.9%
23 providers
Louisville 78.5%
14 providers
Loup City 85.7%
11 providers
Lyons 67.0%
12 providers
Macy 100.0%
9 providers
Madison 76.8%
15 providers
Malcolm 98.4%
15 providers
Mc Cook 89.3%
15 providers
Mead 74.6%
14 providers
Milford 90.3%
16 providers
Minden 88.2%
15 providers
Mitchell 68.8%
10 providers
Morrill 65.1%
10 providers
Nebraska City 91.6%
13 providers
Neligh 80.7%
13 providers
Newman Grove 66.0%
11 providers
Niobrara 72.2%
8 providers
Norfolk 95.8%
15 providers
North Bend 79.2%
12 providers
North Platte 98.7%
15 providers
Oakland 72.9%
14 providers
Ogallala 94.3%
15 providers
Omaha 99.0%
25 providers
Oneill 50.0%
12 providers
Ord 77.5%
11 providers
Oshkosh 42.1%
12 providers
Osmond 97.5%
11 providers
Overton 78.9%
12 providers
Oxford 69.9%
12 providers
Palmer 44.9%
13 providers
Palmyra 91.8%
13 providers
Papillion 98.5%
15 providers
Pawnee City 75.8%
11 providers
Paxton 69.3%
14 providers
Pender 65.9%
12 providers
Peru 91.2%
9 providers
Pierce 68.5%
11 providers
Plainview 100.0%
9 providers
Plattsmouth 93.8%
12 providers
Ponca 96.2%
10 providers
Randolph 64.3%
11 providers
Ravenna 77.2%
10 providers
Raymond 66.0%
14 providers
Red Cloud 6.0%
8 providers
Roca 95.2%
16 providers
Rushville 16.1%
8 providers
Saint Edward 67.0%
11 providers
Saint Paul 92.3%
13 providers
Sargent 66.3%
7 providers
Schuyler 84.7%
13 providers
Scottsbluff 96.8%
11 providers
Scribner 72.0%
15 providers
Seward 95.6%
19 providers
Shelby 65.6%
14 providers
Sidney 90.5%
13 providers
South Sioux City 94.1%
10 providers
Spalding 60.0%
8 providers
Springfield 96.7%
15 providers
Stanton 95.3%
14 providers
Sterling 49.7%
11 providers
Stromsburg 82.1%
12 providers
Stuart 93.4%
10 providers
Superior 90.4%
10 providers
Sutherland 14.9%
11 providers
Sutton 92.4%
13 providers
Syracuse 76.8%
13 providers
Tecumseh 55.8%
12 providers
Tekamah 72.5%
13 providers
Tilden 75.2%
13 providers
Utica 81.3%
14 providers
Valentine 75.9%
12 providers
Valley 88.4%
16 providers
Valparaiso 55.5%
14 providers
Verdigre 39.0%
7 providers
Wahoo 84.8%
14 providers
Wakefield 71.9%
10 providers
Walthill 100.0%
7 providers
Waterloo 91.1%
12 providers
Wauneta 80.6%
11 providers
Wausa 1.4%
8 providers
Waverly 98.6%
17 providers
Wayne 87.4%
9 providers
Weeping Water 71.6%
11 providers
West Point 73.5%
16 providers
Wilber 94.0%
12 providers
Winnebago 99.7%
9 providers
Wisner 65.9%
12 providers
Wood River 61.6%
18 providers
Wymore 83.0%
9 providers
York 97.5%
16 providers
Yutan 77.0%
13 providers