May 14, 2024

PSC Issues Nebraska Broadband Bridge Program 2024 Schedule and Application

Posted May 14, 2024 7:00 PM

Deb Collins

Lincoln, May 14, 2024- The Nebraska Public Service Commission (PSC) approved an Order(C-5561) issuing the 2024 Nebraska Broadband Bridge Program (NBBP) schedule and application materials. Applications for the 2024 NBBP funding year will be accepted beginning Monday, June 17. Perthe Order (C-5561) the application guide will be available on the Nebraska Broadband Bridge page of the PSC website. Applicants must comply with all aspects of the application package.

“NBBP has proven to be an effective way to get broadband to unserved and underserved areas ofthe state and we are eager to begin the fourth cycle of this program,” said Commission Chair DanWatermeier. “We would encourage participants to file as early as possible to ensure all requestedinformation is received.”The deadline for applications to be filed is no later than 5 p.m., (CT), Monday, July 8. All filingsmust be submitted electronically by email to < [email protected] >. Applicationsreceived will be posted to the Nebraska Broadband Bridge Program page found under theTelecom/NUSF tab of the PSC website by Thursday, July 11.

Created by the Nebraska Broadband Bridge Act (Neb. Rev. Stat. §§ 86-1301-86-1312), theNBBP provides up to $20 million dollars annually for the deployment of broadband networkscapable of at least 100/100 Mbps (down/up) in unserved and underserved areas of the state.

During the 2023 grant cycle the PSC awarded 22 grants to 10 providers for a total of$19,713,379.26. The PSC has awarded nearly $60 million in broadband grants since the program’s inception. A detailed list of approved projects and funding amounts can be found on the Nebraska Broadband Bridge Program page of the PSC website