86-331. Legislative intent; state broadband coordinator; duties.

(1) It is the intent of the Legislature to encourage local and regional broadband planning and to encourage public-private partnerships to enhance broadband services in unserved and underserved areas of the state.

(2) The position of state broadband coordinator is created. The position shall be located in the office of Chief Information Officer. The coordinator shall:

(a) Encourage each county or region comprising a group of counties to appoint a broadband coordinator to facilitate broadband planning and coordination;

(b) Encourage each county or region to work with groups of stakeholders, which may include, but not be limited to, businesses and industries, community foundations, local governments, local or regional economic development organizations, schools, colleges, other educational entities, public libraries, health care institutions, financial institutions, telecommunications providers, public power districts, electric cooperatives, nonprofit organizations, and other interested entities;

(c) Assist such counties, regions, and stakeholders in determining what broadband assets are available, the areas for improvement, and strategies to improve broadband availability and use; and

(d) Explore the creation of broadband cooperatives in unserved or underserved areas of the state.

Source:Laws 2020, LB992, ยง 8.
Operative Date: July 1, 2022