Statewide broadband gets a boost

By Stephen Rickerl/The SouthernCARBONDALE – A new website launched Wednesday by Connect Illinois offers users new tools that they hope will narrow the digital divide. Link to full article here.

Connected Nation’s Ohio and Illinois Programs Launch New Interactive Mapping Tool

Connect Ohio and Connect Illinois Programs Now Have Latest Broadband Mapping Technology Washington, D.C. –Today, Connected Nation launched its new interactive broadband mapping platform in its state-based initiatives of Ohio and Illinois making it publicly available on both state’s websites: and BroadbandStat is designed to provide a multi-functional and comprehensive view of broadband in a state as a …

ESRI Broadband Mapping Debuts on Capitol Hill

By GISCafe.comESRI’s BroadbandStat, a new application for mapping, analyzing, and validating data about high-speed Internet availability, debuted on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., in January. ESRI demonstrated the application to policy makers, industry executives, and government agency representatives at two venues, the Technology Policy Exhibition and State of the Net Conference. Link to article here.

Connected Nation Welcomes the Federal Communications Commission’s Release of Form 477 Broadband Subscriber Data.

On February 12, the FCC released data on national broadband trends based on the reformed Form 477 data collected from all broadband providers in the United States. This data dates back to 2008. The 2008 reform of Form 477 addressed deficiencies in earlier provider reporting requirements and aims to help better equip national broadband public policy work. Key changes in …

Online Broadband Mapping Tool May Help Local Governments Land Stimulus Funds

By Jeffrey Rubenstone/Engineering News-Record Mapping existing broadband service is a requirement for states angling for a piece of the roughly $4.2 billion in matching American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds for high-speed Internet expansion. But with a deadline approaching, states and municipalities have been scrambling to find the data. Read more at Engineering News-Record (subscription required)

Ky. gets funds for high-speed access to Web

By Jenna Mink/The Daily News (Bowling Green, KY) Connected Nation targets communities that lack efficient service and works to get better access These days, Teresa Perkins gets calls from people as far away as Florida, who want to purchase something from her Franklin gift shop – thanks to the World Wide Web. Kentucky recently received $2.1 million in federal stimulus …

Connected Nation Launches New Interactive Mapping Tool in Tennessee

Connected Tennessee Program Now Has Latest Broadband Mapping Technology BroadbandStat Fact Sheet Washington, D.C. – Yesterday, Connected Nation launched its new interactive broadband mapping platform in its state-based initiative of Tennessee. Called BroadbandStat, the new interactive mapping platform is a multi-functional, user-friendly way for local leaders, policymakers, consumers, and technology providers to devise a plan for the expansion and adoption …

Kentucky broadband effort a national model

by Tom Eblen/The Lexington Herald-LeaderA century ago, farm-to-market roads were the new infrastructure Kentucky needed to move its economy forward. A half-century ago, it was interstates and parkways.Now, it’s the information superhighway.Link to article here.

Confronting the Broadband Adoption Challenge – How do We Fix it?

How do you boost broadband adoption? That was the subject of a webinar hosted by Intel and other industry leaders to stress the importance of tackling the key barriers to broadband adoption. Connected Nation Chief Executive Officer Brian Mefford served as one of the panelists in the discussion with other broadband researchers and technology leaders.Mefford was joined by Michael Santorelli, …