72% of American households subscribe to broadband, but urban vs. rural differences persist
The National Telecommunications and Information Administration has released new statistics showing that 72% of American households have high-speed Internet at home as of October 2012--up from 69% in July 2011.
A more detailed report based on 2011 data shows that Nebraska is in line with the national averages for household computer ownership (77% of households in Nebraska vs. 76% of households in the U.S.) and home broadband subscription (69% in Nebraska and the U.S.). The report also shows a significant urban vs. rural difference in Nebraska (76% of urban households in Nebraska with broadband vs. 59% of rural households). Only 12 states have higher urban adoption rates in Nebraska.
NITC's New Logo
The NITC unnveiled its new logo at the October 29, 2012 NITC meeting. The logo was created by Elizabeth Vornbrock, graphic student with the Graphic Design Media Arts program at the Southeast Community College. This partnership between the college, Office of the CIO, and NITC is a win-win for all those involved. More Info
Nebraska Geospatial Strategic Plan
The NITC GIS Council has recently completed their strategic planning efforts. Efforts are currently underway for the development of three companion Geospatial Business Plans that will support the implementation of the Strategic Plan. More Info
Nebraska Broadband Initiative
The Nebraska Public Service Commission has developed a map showing broadband availability in Nebraska. Visitors to the web site can type in an address and find out what companies provide service to their location and what specific services are offered. Users can also conduct a speed test of the broadband service they're getting. Additional resources on utilizing broadband and are available at broadband.nebraska.gov.
New Nebraska Operational eHealth Plan
The NITC eHealth Council approved the 2013 Nebraska Operational eHealth Plan at their meeting on May 1, 2013. The operational plan guides the implementation of the $6.8 million State HIE Cooperative Agreement from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT through the HITECH ACT enacted as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. The 2012 strategic plan is also available.
Disaster Recovery Planning Workshop for K-12 Education
A full-day Disaster Recovery Planning workshop was held February 29th, 2012 at the Younes Conference Center in Kearney, NE. The event, co-sponsored by the Office of the CIO, ESU Coordinating Council, Nebraska Educational Technology Association, Nebraska Council of School Administrators and the Nebraska Department of Education, attracted representatives from over 60 entities from across the state of Nebraska. Organizations represented included 49 public school districts, 4 non-public schools, 9 educational service units, 1 higher education institution and 1 state agency. Click here to read the article and see the event pictures.
CIO Brenda Decker and Office of the CIO Highlighted by Governors Office
Governor Dave Heineman highlighted CIO Brenda Decker in his Governor's Weekly Column March 11, 2011 in an article entitled, "Get to Know the Office of the Chief Information Officer." The Office of the CIO puts a priority on providing more efficient and effective delivery of services and expanding citizen access to government.