LINCOLN — State leaders are seeking to make sure Nebraska companies are using broadband Internet technology to its fullest.

On Wednesday, Lt. Gov. Lavon Heidemann announced an initiative to get businesses to do an online assessment of their use of broadband technologies.

In addition, up to 500 businesses will get a personalized analysis of their use and the opportunity to work with a business broadband coach from local economic development agencies.

The lieutenant governor, who chairs the Nebraska Information Technology Commission, said the goal of the Nebraska Broadband Initiative is to boost the state’s economy by having businesses maximize their utilization of technology.

About 98 percent of Nebraskans have access to higher-speed, higher-capacity broadband service, according to state officials.

For more information, visit the website, http://broadband.nebraska.gov/. Businesses wishing to participate in the survey should contact Jim Keeler, business broadband manager with the University of Nebraska-Lincoln at 402-472-4235 or jkeeler8@unl.edu.

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