In 2006, the Nebraska Legislature codified Network Nebraska in Neb. Rev. Stat. § 86-5,100: "The Chief Information Officer, in partnership with the University of Nebraska, shall develop and maintain a statewide, multipurpose, high capacity, scalable telecommunications network to be called Network Nebraska. The network shall consist of contractual arrangements with providers to meet the demand of state agencies, local governments, and educational entities as defined in section 79-1201.01." (Section 79-1201.01(3): "Educational entity means a school district, a private, denominational, or parochial school, an educational service unit, a community college, a state college, the University of Nebraska, or a nonprofit private postsecondary educational institution"
Since the State of Nebraska and University of Nebraska statewide networks pre-dated this legislation and already helped meet the demands of state agencies, local governments, and the University's four campuses and extension offices, these networks are considered part of Network Nebraska. "Network Nebraska-Education" was nicknamed to the new statewide network that would meet the demands of the education entities defined in Neb. Rev. Stat. § 79-1201.01, often referred to as "K-20 Education".