AUBURN – Nemaha County commissioners informed Pinpoint Communications they aren’t able to associate with the non-public firm in a proposal to develop broadband Web to rural areas.

Commissioner Bryan Mellage mentioned the Cambridge, Neb.,  telecommunications firm is asking rural counties to make use of a portion of American Restoration Act funds to enhance rural broadband.

Mellage mentioned rural Nemaha County is in determined want of quicker web, however the county board will not be able to decide to any funds.

He mentioned the county has not obtained actionable steering from the federal authorities on how the American Restoration Act funds can be utilized and he isn’t positive public funds needs to be used to ascertain non-public infrastructure.

Lesley Clark of the Auburn Growth Council mentioned Nemaha County has an unprecedented alternative to spend money on broadband enlargement at this scale.

She mentioned state lawmakers handed the Nebraska Broadband Bridge Act, LB 388, as a result of they acknowledged the necessity for private and non-private partnerships.

Clark: “Broadband will not be a luxurious anymore. It is a necessity to draw expertise.”

Mellage’s personal enterprise, Mellage Trucking, makes use of Web day by day and he says it could profit from quicker speeds. He mentioned quicker web would assist the county appeal to extra younger folks and permit extra folks to earn a living from home.

Mellage: “I believe as a society, we’re going to have to deal with the necessity  to carry broadband from the cities to the agricultural areas.”

Mellage mentioned he’s inquisitive about seeing if financing for increasing rural broadband can come from grants and personal funding, quite than county funds.

Clark referred to as the board’s choice Wednesday a missed alternative.

Clark: “I hope we are able to get it again on monitor.”