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Windstream Bridging More of Nebraska's Digital Divide

Windstream brings faster broadband to rural areas of Nebraska

About 1,500 customer locations to benefit from speed upgrades

Windstream has been awarded approximately $2.2 million in high-cost support by the Nebraska Public Service Commission to expand access to Kinetic Internet in 13 of its exchanges in the state.

Support from the Nebraska Universal Service Fund (NUSF) helps make broadband deployment possible in rural areas that would not otherwise be economically feasible because of the limited customer base.

“Windstream is excited to partner with the Nebraska Public Service Commission to deliver high-speed broadband to more than 1,500 additional locations across the state,” said Brad Hedrick, president of Windstream Operations in Nebraska. “We understand that faster internet speeds are critical to our customers throughout Nebraska, and we are continuously enhancing our network to meet that need.”

“I’m pleased to see the universal service fund doing what we’ve designed it to do, provide access to internet services in the unserved and underserved areas of our state,” said District 3 Commissioner Tim Schram. “Now Windstream customers in these 13 exchanges can look forward to receiving high-speed internet access.”

Windstream will use the NUSF support along with more than $590,000 of its own capital to undertake 18 separate projects in rural areas within 13 of its local exchanges where broadband is non-existent or extremely limited.

Windstream will deploy fiber optic cable and electronic hardware to deliver a minimum of 10 megabits per second (Mbps) download speeds along with 1 Mbps upload speeds to all of the project locations. In addition, up to 80 percent of customers in the project areas should qualify for 25 Mbps to 100 Mbps download speeds (3 Mbps to 10 Mbps uploads), depending on their distance from the fiber-fed hardware. The work is expected to be completed by mid-2019.

The exchanges are:

Ashland

Beatrice

Bennet

Bruno

Cedar Bluffs

Colon

Cortland

Fairbury

Geneva

Hansen

Harvard

Hastings

Hickman (This project includes a limited number of fiber-to-the-premises deployments that will deliver 1 gigabit per second service.)

Source: Windstream media announcement

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