Broadband Service in Nebraska

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Coverage by County

74.5%
10.8%

88.9

48th

Broadband Speeds

84.7%

of Nebraskans have access to broadband 100mbps or faster.

61.1%

of Nebraskans have access to 1 gigabit broadband.

Wired Coverage

96.2%

of Nebraskans have access to wireline service

37.4%

of Nebraskans have access to fiber-optic service

79.0%

of Nebraskans have access to cable service

85.7%

of Nebraskans have access to DSL service

Coverage by County in Nebraska

County Name % Broadband Coverage
Adams 94.3%
Antelope 63.7%
Arthur 76.5%
Banner 15.4%
Blaine 50.8%
Boone 50.6%
Box Butte 94.7%
Boyd 99.5%
Brown 24.5%
Buffalo 90.0%
Burt 75.7%
Butler 65.1%
Cass 81.4%
Cedar 68.4%
Chase 72.2%
Cherry 55.2%
Cheyenne 87.1%
Clay 75.0%
Colfax 22.6%
Cuming 66.8%
Custer 67.4%
Dakota 89.6%
Dawes 79.9%
Dawson 84.2%
Deuel 1.9%
Dixon 89.3%
Dodge 93.5%
Douglas 98.9%
Dundy 83.0%
Fillmore 65.8%
Franklin 33.3%
Frontier 69.6%
Furnas 68.0%
Gage 78.9%
Garden 16.4%
Garfield 91.5%
Gosper 56.9%
Grant 73.8%
Greeley 32.4%
Hall 94.9%
Hamilton 99.0%
Harlan 6.1%
Hayes 27.3%
Hitchcock 2.2%
Holt 27.1%
Hooker 95.8%
Howard 68.9%
Jefferson 76.1%
Johnson 51.6%
Kearney 86.1%
Keith 89.3%
Keya Paha 97.0%
Kimball 87.6%
Knox 53.3%
Lancaster 97.7%
Lincoln 89.8%
Logan 22.3%
Loup 87.7%
McPherson 52.9%
Madison 90.1%
Merrick 58.5%
Morrill 61.3%
Nance 48.8%
Nemaha 76.0%
Nuckolls 75.7%
Otoe 75.6%
Pawnee 58.1%
Perkins 61.6%
Phelps 85.6%
Pierce 72.5%
Platte 79.9%
Polk 57.9%
Red Willow 87.9%
Richardson 92.5%
Rock 79.4%
Saline 83.6%
Sarpy 96.8%
Saunders 77.3%
Scotts Bluff 86.9%
Seward 79.5%
Sheridan 54.3%
Sherman 71.6%
Sioux 15.0%
Stanton 78.8%
Thayer 72.1%
Thomas 83.6%
Thurston 52.0%
Valley 76.6%
Washington 70.6%
Wayne 79.0%
Webster 57.0%
Wheeler 80.6%
York 82.9%

Internet Speed in Top Nebraska Cities

City Avg. Download Speed No. of Providers
1. Omaha 104.0 MBPS 26 Providers
2. Lincoln 78.0 MBPS 23 Providers
3. Bellevue 119.9 MBPS 13 Providers
4. Grand Island 65.5 MBPS 21 Providers
5. Kearney 75.1 MBPS 17 Providers

Speeds for Major Providers in Nebraska

Provider Avg. download speed
Cox Communications 125.4 MBPS
Spectrum 80.9 MBPS
CenturyLink 51.3 MBPS
Rise Broadband 9.5 MBPS
Future Technologies 9.1 MBPS

The State of Broadband in Nebraska, 2021

Written by the BroadbandNow team. Last updated 2/2/2021.

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 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
Ainsworth 5.0%
9 providers
Albion 50.0%
9 providers
Alliance 92.7%
13 providers
Alma 0.0%
13 providers
Arapahoe 89.0%
8 providers
Arlington 75.4%
14 providers
Ashland 74.0%
17 providers
Atkinson 13.9%
13 providers
Auburn 81.4%
12 providers
Aurora 99.6%
16 providers
Bassett 81.1%
8 providers
Battle Creek 76.8%
15 providers
Bayard 56.7%
10 providers
Beatrice 90.2%
9 providers
Beemer 71.2%
14 providers
Bellevue 96.7%
13 providers
Bellwood 48.7%
13 providers
Benkelman 87.3%
8 providers
Bennet 82.9%
16 providers
Bennington 94.6%
15 providers
Bertrand 65.6%
10 providers
Blair 69.9%
10 providers
Bloomfield 58.8%
8 providers
Blue Hill 98.4%
7 providers
Brady 51.4%
11 providers
Bridgeport 67.6%
12 providers
Broken Bow 81.8%
10 providers
Burwell 90.3%
8 providers
Cairo 57.4%
15 providers
Callaway 56.7%
7 providers
Cambridge 94.1%
8 providers
Cedar Bluffs 70.7%
16 providers
Central City 73.3%
13 providers
Ceresco 69.7%
15 providers
Chadron 80.2%
10 providers
Chappell 2.7%
13 providers
Clarkson 5.1%
15 providers
Clay Center 76.2%
12 providers
Columbus 88.5%
17 providers
Cortland 57.1%
11 providers
Cozad 77.0%
13 providers
Crawford 81.7%
7 providers
Creighton 79.7%
9 providers
Crete 88.9%
15 providers
Crofton 48.1%
9 providers
Culbertson 0.8%
11 providers
Curtis 77.5%
9 providers
Dakota City 82.3%
9 providers
David City 78.5%
13 providers
De Witt 51.6%
11 providers
Denton 59.0%
15 providers
Deshler 75.9%
11 providers
Dodge 53.5%
13 providers
Doniphan 96.9%
16 providers
Dorchester 62.2%
13 providers
Eagle 95.4%
15 providers
Elgin 64.0%
9 providers
Elkhorn 97.3%
13 providers
Elm Creek 56.6%
13 providers
Elmwood 63.8%
13 providers
Elwood 83.7%
13 providers
Emerson 66.7%
11 providers
Fairbury 80.7%
9 providers
Falls City 100.0%
9 providers
Firth 81.9%
13 providers
Fort Calhoun 75.9%
13 providers
Franklin 0.0%
10 providers
Fremont 96.0%
15 providers
Friend 72.7%
16 providers
Geneva 68.6%
12 providers
Genoa 53.4%
14 providers
Gering 91.2%
10 providers
Gibbon 71.8%
14 providers
Gordon 73.1%
8 providers
Gothenburg 85.0%
14 providers
Grand Island 97.2%
21 providers
Grant 66.3%
12 providers
Greenwood 60.1%
16 providers
Gretna 94.3%
16 providers
Hartington 95.8%
11 providers
Harvard 82.5%
12 providers
Hastings 96.7%
14 providers
Hay Springs 55.4%
8 providers
Hebron 83.2%
11 providers
Hemingford 97.8%
7 providers
Henderson 98.2%
16 providers
Hershey 69.5%
11 providers
Hickman 81.1%
15 providers
Holdrege 90.9%
13 providers
Hooper 99.2%
13 providers
Humboldt 62.1%
12 providers
Humphrey 24.4%
16 providers
Imperial 80.9%
10 providers
Juniata 88.2%
11 providers
Kearney 96.2%
17 providers
Kenesaw 83.6%
11 providers
Kimball 87.6%
12 providers
La Vista 95.2%
15 providers
Laurel 72.5%
11 providers
Lexington 89.0%
15 providers
Lincoln 99.4%
23 providers
Louisville 77.2%
14 providers
Loup City 84.3%
11 providers
Lyons 67.0%
12 providers
Macy 30.5%
9 providers
Madison 77.1%
14 providers
Malcolm 97.0%
15 providers
Mc Cook 88.8%
15 providers
Mead 62.8%
14 providers
Milford 74.0%
16 providers
Minden 88.2%
14 providers
Mitchell 65.7%
10 providers
Morrill 61.1%
10 providers
Nebraska City 86.0%
13 providers
Neligh 80.7%
13 providers
Newman Grove 30.2%
10 providers
Niobrara 72.2%
8 providers
Norfolk 94.4%
15 providers
North Bend 79.2%
14 providers
North Platte 98.6%
15 providers
Oakland 72.9%
14 providers
Ogallala 94.3%
15 providers
Omaha 99.0%
26 providers
Oneill 3.6%
12 providers
Ord 77.5%
11 providers
Oshkosh 10.5%
11 providers
Osmond 78.3%
10 providers
Overton 63.1%
12 providers
Oxford 67.8%
12 providers
Palmer 36.4%
13 providers
Palmyra 73.0%
13 providers
Papillion 98.4%
15 providers
Pawnee City 74.0%
11 providers
Paxton 68.7%
14 providers
Pender 64.1%
12 providers
Peru 88.5%
9 providers
Pierce 65.8%
11 providers
Plainview 100.0%
9 providers
Plattsmouth 91.6%
12 providers
Ponca 91.5%
9 providers
Randolph 62.1%
11 providers
Ravenna 77.2%
10 providers
Raymond 40.7%
14 providers
Red Cloud 1.7%
8 providers
Roca 78.7%
16 providers
Rushville 16.1%
8 providers
Saint Edward 46.2%
11 providers
Saint Paul 89.7%
13 providers
Sargent 65.1%
7 providers
Schuyler 31.0%
13 providers
Scottsbluff 96.7%
11 providers
Scribner 72.0%
14 providers
Seward 90.0%
19 providers
Shelby 58.9%
15 providers
Sidney 88.7%
13 providers
South Sioux City 92.7%
9 providers
Spalding 55.3%
8 providers
Springfield 88.5%
16 providers
Stanton 95.4%
13 providers
Sterling 47.3%
11 providers
Stromsburg 69.8%
12 providers
Stuart 93.4%
10 providers
Superior 90.4%
10 providers
Sutherland 14.9%
11 providers
Sutton 77.3%
13 providers
Syracuse 72.9%
13 providers
Tecumseh 55.3%
12 providers
Tekamah 72.3%
13 providers
Tilden 73.6%
11 providers
Utica 79.5%
14 providers
Valentine 53.7%
12 providers
Valley 84.9%
15 providers
Valparaiso 52.9%
14 providers
Verdigre 39.0%
7 providers
Wahoo 84.7%
14 providers
Wakefield 71.9%
10 providers
Walthill 71.8%
7 providers
Waterloo 90.1%
12 providers
Wauneta 80.6%
11 providers
Wausa 0.7%
8 providers
Waverly 93.2%
17 providers
Wayne 86.7%
9 providers
Weeping Water 64.9%
11 providers
West Point 74.4%
16 providers
Wilber 84.7%
12 providers
Winnebago 37.1%
9 providers
Wisner 65.9%
12 providers
Wood River 60.7%
18 providers
Wymore 78.1%
9 providers
York 90.2%
16 providers
Yutan 72.1%
13 providers