PSC to Hold Broadband Equity Access and Deployment (BEAD) Webinar
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
PSC TO HOLD BROADBAND EQUITY, ACCESS
AND DEPLOYMENT (BEAD) WEBINAR
Lincoln, December 15, 2022 – The Nebraska Public Service
Commission (PSC) in conjunction with Connect Nebraska working
group will hold the first in a series of webinars focusing on the
Broadband Equity, Access, and Deployment (BEAD) Program on
Wednesday ,December 21. The BEAD program provides support to
expand high-speed internet access by funding planning,
infrastructure deployment, and adoption programs.
“This is the first of many outreach activities,” said Cullen Robbins,
Director, PSC Telecommunications/NUSF Department. “By
engaging our citizens and stakeholders we hope to provide a clear
understanding of the BEAD program and the steps that will be
taken to help bring broadband to unserved and underserved areas
of our state.”
The initial BEAD webinar will be held beginning at 2:00 p.m. CST,
Wednesday, December 21. An agenda and information on how to
participate in the webinar can be found on the PSC website at
bead-webinar >. The webinar will also be recorded and made
available on the Broadband Nebraska website< https://broadband.
In November, the PSC was awarded nearly five-million dollars in
initial BEAD planning funds from the National Telecommunications
and Information Administration (NTIA). This initial funding will be
utilized to generate a state broadband map, set up outreach activities
to stakeholders statewide and enable the PSC to increase staffing to
meet the needs of the program.
Nebraska will then receive at least $100 million in additional funds to
fulfill the objectives of BEAD. The exact amount Nebraska will receive
is expected to be announced by NTIA in the summer of 2023.
Robbins said, “We would encourage anyone involved with broadband
or an interest in learning more about the BEAD program to participate.”
Cullen Robbins- Dir. Telecommunications/NUSF
Deb Collins- Communications & Media Mgr.
(402) 471-0226 / firstname.lastname@example.org