Nebraska municipal leaders, residents, and business owners are calling on the Nebraska Public Service Commission to get move faster on approving projects that expand high-speed Internet to more parts of the state. Advocates for faster Internet say the urgency of the issue came to the forefront during the coronavirus pandemic, which forced many to work and learn from home using slow connections. Nebraska's Universal Service Fund has about $86 million, which is partially distributed to the three largest carriers in the state and smaller in-state telecommunication companies. Residents complain that the larger firms are allowing that money to go unspent and not expanding broadband service.
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