The State of Nebraska

Nebraska Library Public Computer Centers

To make broadband service available to low-income, aged, and other underserved or economically at-risk
populations in the state, the Nebraska Library Commission proposes to enhance technological capabilities and
support at 147 public libraries statewide that house public computer centers, nearly all of which serve
communities whose median income is below the national average. In addition to driving broadband adoption,
the project plans to advance access to distance learning, health information, and e-government services.

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BTOP In Action

The Nebraska Library Commission upgraded more than 140 PCCs at libraries throughout the state. These new resources provide computer access, employment resources, and assistance with government services for communities with low broadband penetration and median incomes below the national average. As of June 30, 2013, the commission deployed approximately 735 new workstations. Fifty libraries upgraded their broadband speeds as a result of equipment and assistance provided by the commission. At these upgraded facilities, the average speed increased from 1.8 to 7.4 Mbps. Along with these new computer resources, the commission also used BTOP funds to conduct new digital literacy and workforce training, providing a wide variety of classes and support including computer basics, job searching, and resume creation. Through June 2013, more than 27,000 users on average visited the libraries each week, and more than 30,000 residents participated in training.

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