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Date:
January 30, 2020
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Diane Gonzolas, City Communications, 402-441-7831
Ben Kiser, Nelnet, 402-458-3024, Ben.Kiser@Nelnet.net

78 Lincoln Nonprofits to Receive Free Internet Service for Ten Years

Service provided through partnership between City and ALLO Communications

Please note: the number of nonprofits was changed from 77 to 78 after another organization was found to have met the guidelines.

Mayor Leirion Gaylor Baird and ALLO Communications today announced the 78 nonprofit organizations that will receive free one gigabit broadband service for 10 years. The Community Connect Program was a key component of the City's broadband franchise agreement with ALLO, a Nebraska-based telecommunications company.

"The impact of the Community Connect Program will ripple throughout the community, touching the lives of countless individuals and families, including many of our most vulnerable residents," said Mayor Gaylor Baird. "I want to thank ALLO not only for this great program, but also for helping to make our city a leader in high-speed broadband."

"ALLO and Nelnet are local companies that are focused on serving our communities through our work and giving back," said Brad Moline, President of ALLO. "The purpose of the Community Connect Program is to help our communities' nonprofits do what they do best - fulfill their mission of serving and supporting our neighbors in need. This will be accomplished in part by taking care of a significant ongoing expense for these nonprofits and connecting them and the families they touch through world-class broadband. Connecting more organizations and people to our network helps us transform our community and close the digital divide that affects too many."

ALLO originally planned to offer free service to 75 qualified nonprofits. ALLO was to select 35 of those based on the company's previous support of some agencies. The other 40 were to be determined through a lottery system. The selection committee reviewed 99 applications, and determined that 78 met the criteria. ALLO decided to go above its original target and offer the free service to all 78 agencies that qualified.

To qualify for the free service, nonprofits had to be located in Lincoln, have fewer than 75 full-time-equivalent employees, be certified with the IRS as a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization and meet other criteria.

About ALLO Communications

Founded in Imperial, Neb. in 2003, ALLO, a Nelnet company (NYSE: NNI), specializes in providing world-class communications services by creating gigabit communities. In 2004, ALLO began building its first fiber communities, and today provides ubiquitous fiber networks in 10 communities supported by more than 500 associates. ALLO provides broadband, telephone, and video solutions to businesses, residents, and governmental entities over fiber networks. ALLO currently has operations in Lincoln, North Platte, Ogallala, Bridgeport, Scottsbluff, Gering, Hastings, and Alliance, Neb., and Fort Morgan and Breckenridge, Colo.

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