Connect Minnesota Updates Broadband Inventory Maps to Prepare for Federal Stimulus

St. Paul, MN –Today, Connect Minnesota, a non-profit group partnering with the state, released an updated version of the statewide broadband inventory map that illustrates the extent of broadband services available across Minnesota. The Connect Minnesota map, which represents broadband availability data from 110 broadband providers across the state, is expected to serve as a key asset for the state …

ITC Steering Committee Continues Work on Broadband

Nation Cities WeeklyJune 29, 2009 by Julia PulidindiNLC’s Information Technology and Communications (ITC) Steering Committee met this month in Nashville, Tenn., to address the policy agenda set at its March meeting in Washington, D.C. Led by chair Steve Peterson, councilmember, Bloomington, Minn., and hosted by Nashville Councilmember Vivian Wilhoite, the committee addressed several issues surrounding the need for a better …

National Broadband map is just the beginning, blogger says

With the rules for the stimulus funding of a national broadband plan and map soon-to-be-released, a debate has ensued about the specifics of the broadband mapping activities of Connected Nation. Blogger Charlie Kaylor recently put his voice into the debate, outlining why a broadband map is only the beginning of a highly complex challenge. “Mapping, while important, even crucial, to …

Connected Nation’s Partnerships Narrow the Digital Divide for Minorities

Chicago, IL: On June 12, the National Black Chamber of Commerce held its Broadband Summit, addressing issues of connectivity in minority populations. Speakers included Larry Ivory, president of the Illinois State Black Chamber of Commerce; Dr. Nicol Turner Lee, senior vice president of external affairs for One Economy; Ernest Green, president and chief executive officer of E&E Enterprises Global, Inc. …

Arkansas State Library Hosts Summit to Kickoff Statewide Effort to Improve Internet Access in State’s Public Libraries

Little Rock, AR: Today, Governor Mike Beebe addressed more than 100 library leaders, community partners, broadband providers and local and state leaders gathered for the Arkansas Opportunity Online Broadband Summit to take the first steps to improving connectivity in the Arkansas public libraries. Assembled by the Arkansas State Library, the summit participants examined the benefits of high-speed Internet connectivity in …

Library of Virginia Hosts Summit to Kickoff Statewide Effort to Improve Internet Access in State’s Public Libraries

Hot Springs, VA: Today, more than 100 library leaders, community partners, broadband providers and local and state leaders gathered for the Virginia Opportunity Online Broadband Summit to take the first steps to improving connectivity in the Virginia public libraries. Assembled by the Library of Virginia, the summit participants examined the benefits of high-speed Internet connectivity in Virginia public libraries and …

Massachusetts Library Leaders, State Leaders and Providers Discuss How to Improve Internet Access in State’s Public Libraries

Boston, MA: Seventy percent of people who use their public library’s computers report that this is their primary connection to the Internet. Yet nearly one-fourth of Massachusetts public libraries lack the connectivity necessary to perform online functions like taking an interactive, online educational course with streaming video or audio and reading a basic Web site for instructive content; or downloading …

Connected Nation’s Comments to the FCC

In early April, the FCC released its thoughts on a National Broadband Plan. This week, the FCC began receiving answers—from hundreds of organizations and people– to its posed questions. Connected Nation was one of those organizations, offering its thoughts on how and why Americans deserve widespread broadband. You can read our full comments here. In the meantime, here’s a quick …

Update from Connected Nation

From Blandin on BroadbandJune 6, 2009 Last week the Wall Street Journal ran an article on the Connected Nation maps. There were some numbers in the report that jumped out at me. The CN folks had told me a while ago that the spoke to fewer than 100 providers in Kentucky; the article said that CN spoke to 300. Well, …