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ConnectEd Nebraska Offers Free Wireless Internet to Nebraska Schools

A new educational internet program for Nebraska K-12 schools called ConnectEd Nebraska was unveiled on Wednesday. This program is powered by eduroam and provides students and educators with free and readily available access to guest wireless networks at participating ConnectEd Nebraska eduroam schools. The Nebraska Department of Education (NDE), the Office of the Chief Information Officer, Network Nebraska, and the University of Nebraska were a part of the unveiling ...


Project will identify gaps in internet service and speeds to close digital divide

A statewide broadband speed testing initiative launched by the Nebraska Regional Officials Council will provide a clearer view of the gaps in internet services, speeds and access across the state. NROC encourages every Nebraskan to take the one-minute speed test ...


InCommon Welcomes New eduroam Support Organizations (Network Nebraska and Sun Corridor Network)

Network Nebraska and the Sun Corridor Network have become the latest InCommon eduroam Support Organizations, committed to deploying eduroam to the K12s, libraries, and museums in their states. They join the Utah Education and Telehealth Network (UETN), which piloted the eduroam Support Organization concept with Internet2 ...


30 State and Local Government IT Influencers Worth a Follow in 2020

It’s been a tumultuous year in state and local government IT, which, like every other sector, has been disrupted as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. The most visible sign is that state and local governments are facing looming budget cuts as they see rising unemployment and healthcare costs amid plunging sales, property and income taxes. At the same time ...


2020 StateScoop 50 Awards honor top leaders, projects in state IT

Scoop News Group, StateScoop’s parent company, announced on Thursday the winners of the 2020 StateScoop 50 Awards.

Presented for its seventh year, the StateScoop 50 awards honor the projects and people driving state government technology and cybersecurity. This year, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the awards were presented virtually for the first time ...


Nebraska's IT consolidation paid off during pandemic's remote workforce rush

Thanks to an IT consolidation that was once considered “impossible” by his peers in state government, Nebraska CIO Ed Toner said that many of his state’s agencies are positioned well to deal with a remote-work future as the coronavirus pandemic continues to spread in the U.S. ...


Q&A: Nebraska CIO Ed Toner on the Importance of Continuity of Operations

Many state governments have had to overcome challenges related to legacy technology, move government meetings online and help thousands of government workers telework on the fly in response to the coronavirus pandemic. Nebraska CIO Ed Toner has led the Cornhusker State through all of that and more. Toner, who has been in his current role since 2015, has seen the vast majority of the state workforce go to remote work environments over the past month and a half. However, Toner contends, the state was methodical about how it has done so and has not seen any interruptions in services ....


Nebraska’s centralized approach to cybersecurity, compliance in age of coronavirus: Part 2

With confidence in Nebraska’s rigorous continuity of operations planning (COOP) procedures, including testing and even a scorecard, Chief Information Officer Ed Toner continues to believe that his state is adequately prepared for the coronavirus pandemic....


Nebraska’s centralized approach to cybersecurity, compliance in age of coronavirus

Like the other 49 state chief information officers Nebraska’s Ed Toner, and thousands more in local governments, have been very busy on the front lines to help orchestrate the continuation of business operations for the millions of citizens they all serve during this pandemic.

Toner agreed that Nebraska had been very much in sync with the other states...