Digital readiness is key to building a stronger workforce and strengthening the State’s economy.

“According to the Brookings Institutions, two-thirds of new jobs between 2010 and 2016 required medium to high digital skills,” said Roberto Gallardo, Assistant Director of the Purdue Center for Regional Development. “In order to make sure our communities participate fully in the digital age, we need to better understand how digital-ready they are. This survey will provide key information with implications for workforce development and digital inclusion.”

In fact, the 2018 graduating class has never known a time when it was impossible to Google the answer to almost any question.

But resources are not unlimited, and planners need to know where and how rural Nebraskans are using online resources.

The Nebraska Information Technology Commission has partnered with the University of Nebraska Extension, the Nebraska Public Service Commission, the Nebraska Library Commission and Purdue Center for Regional Development to conduct a statewide Digital Readiness survey.

The survey is open to the public and available until May 24. It has only 20 questions (1/4 demographic) and will take about 7-9 minutes to complete.

The Digital Readiness survey can be found here.

“Broadband availability and digital readiness are fundamental to helping all Nebraskans realize the benefits of participating in the digital economy,” said Ed Toner, Chief Information Officer for the State of Nebraska and Chair of the Nebraska Information Technology Commission.

The survey will provide information on how Nebraskans are using broadband at home and the cost benefits of using broadband technologies. Results from this survey will help communities, resource providers, and policymakers address digital readiness and the digital divide. Participation in this survey is voluntary and is for research purposes only. Results will only be released in aggregated form removing personal identifiers.

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