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By Jillian Linster
Center for Rural Affairs 

Making internet access more affordable for rural Nebraskans


October 12, 2023

Infrastructure is often the first hurdle to high-speed internet access for rural Nebraskans, but it isn’t the last.

Once the wires have been laid, residents still have to pay to use the service. Subscriber fees can vary widely, but they are frequently higher for communities and households in rural areas, where long stretches of fiber optic cable reach fewer access points relative to urban settings that have more people living within a smaller space. Greater lengths of cable means higher installation and maintenance costs for internet providers, driving up access fees for rural residents.

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