More than 9,000 homes and businesses in Nebraska will get access to affordable broadband internet thanks to a $124.5 million grant from the Federal Communications Commission.

The grant, announced Thursday, is part of more than $4.9 billion awarded to telecommunications companies to provide rural broadband in 39 states and American Samoa.

In Nebraska, the money is expected to provide broadband service of at least 25 megabits per second to 9,133 customers in 40 counties over the next decade.

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Matt Olberding is a Lincoln native and University of Nebraska-Lincoln graduate who has been covering business for the Journal Star since 2005.

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