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PSC Initiates Million Dollar Grant Program

PSC Initiates Million Dollar Grant Program


  PSC Initiates Million Dollar Grant Program

Lincoln, March 25, 2020 – The Nebraska Public Service Commission
has entered an Order (NUSF-92) that will allow carriers to seek
reimbursement for providing service to low-income families as a part
of the response to the COVID-19 emergency.

The Order makes one-million dollars available through the NUSF
Broadband Adoption program to assist carriers in providing low-
income subscriber’s access to broadband to facilitate online

“Thanks to our existing Broadband Adoption Order, the Commission
was able to act quickly in creating this new one-million dollar grant
ultimately enabling students in low income households to connect
with their teachers,” said  Commission Chair Mary Riddler.

The Broadband Adoption support will apply to new lines of service
for low-income families added after March 15 and continuing through
the end of May.

“It was important to the Commission to do whatever was necessary
to ensure families most likely to have difficulty paying for internet,
receive the services they need during this challenging time,” said
Commissioner Crystal Rhoades, District 2. “It was also important
that we do what was needed to assist our carriers which have
pledged to do their part to provide these services.”

Telecommunications carriers certificated as a local exchange
carrier or registered with the Commission as a Communications
provider may file an application seeking NUSF Adoption Support
beginning May 1. Instructions for carriers can be found in the
Order @ http://tiny.cc/NUSF92

Commissioner Ridder said, “By working together we can help keep
Nebraskans connected.”###

Deb Collins- Media & Communications Mgr.
(402) 471-0226

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