NEBRASKA CITY – Otoe County commissioners offered their support Tuesday for a broadband Internet expansion near Syracuse through the Nebraska Broadband Bridge Program’s capital funds project.

Great Plains Communications requested public input on its $1.2 million grant application to serve 88 locations with a fiber to home project that would cost customers between $60 and $110.

 

The project area includes residential areas north of Highway 2 on H Road and northeast of Syracuse on G Road.

In 2023, Pinpoint Communications was awarded a $1.1 million grant from rural Cook to Talmage. The company has made a 2024 application for a broadband bridge from Syracuse to Palmyra for $1.1 million and Johnson to Talmage for a $855,000.

Other 2024 requests listed on the state’s broadband bridge map include a $1 million grant request in Morrill County and $2.4 million near Sidney in the Nebraska panhandle.

Northeast Nebraska Telephone Company requests $3.7 million for 176 locations in Polk County.

AMT Tech seeks a $509,000 grant for 201 locations in Gage County.

Century Link proposes a $3.7 million grant for 356 locations in Holt County in rural O’Neill.

Syracuse project north of Highway 2 includes H and G roads

The Nebraska Public Service Commission approved 22 grants in 2023 totaling near the maximum of $20 million from the broadband bridge program. There were 51 applications in the grant cycle.