Rural Broadband Remote Access Grant
Rural broadband access is essential to attracting, supporting and maintaining quality job creators throughout the state of Nebraska. But apart from being an indispensable business commodity for the 21st century, high speed internet enables important opportunities such as remote work, telehealth and education, entertainment, telecommunications and other quality of life amenities that create thriving communities. The Broadband Grant allocates $40 million to provide broadband to unserved and underserved communities in Nebraska, supporting the mission to increase the state’s overall connectivity.
Please note: The application submission deadline for this program has passed and DED is no longer accepting applications.
Recipients will be notified by email from mid-July to August 1st.
Who is eligible?
Broadband service providers are eligible to apply for this grant to provide service in eligible communities. Communities in which the majority of residents do not have access to or the ability to subscribe to broadband service with a minimum of 25 Mbps download and 3 Mbps upload are eligible locations. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) defines this as the broadband standard. Furthermore, to be an eligible location, a community’s households and businesses must be hindered in responding to COVID-19 by a lack of standard broadband service. This includes inability to access essential activities such as working from home, online learning, and telehealth.
- Per US Department of Treasury guidelines any project currently under contract or under construction is not eligible to apply. Areas eligible for the Rural Digital Opportunity Fund (RDOF) or approved for funding from the Nebraska Universal Service Fund (NUSF) are not eligible for this grant.
- A provider may submit more than one application.
The State of Nebraska will be providing transparent reporting on the CARES Act funds and names of recipients will be made public.
How can the grant be used?
CARES Act guidelines require that the Nebraska Broadband Grant program assist Nebraskans directly impacted by COVID-19. Enhanced broadband infrastructure is an important tool for Nebraskans to address the challenges of this public health crisis. Broadband providers must use this grant to provide service to an eligible community that meets the FCC broadband standard. These projects must be completed by December 30, 2020.
Prepare to apply
A PDF version of the application can be found here to be used in preparation. Please note that DED will NOT accept PDF applications. You must use the hyperlink below to submit your application.
See the Application Guidelines for more information on eligibility, use of funds, instructions on how to apply and the selection process.
How to apply
Eligible applicants should submit an electronic application to DED by the deadline stipulated below.
Opens: June 22, 2020
Due: July 2, 2020, 3 PM CDT
Who Received the Grant?
After the applications close, DED will review all applications and determine which applicants will receive the grant. Scoring details can be found in the application guidelines. Recipients will be notified by email sometime between mid-July and August 1st. You can also log-in to AmpliFund to check the status of your application.