Connect Minnesota Names Hoffman Program Manager

ST. PAUL, MN – Connect Minnesota announces the hiring of William Hoffman as the nonprofit’s program manager. In that role, Hoffman will lead Connect Minnesota’s continuing statewide effort to map broadband availability and increase broadband adoption and use, especially among vulnerable populations. Connect Minnesota’s efforts have been underway since 2008 to bring the economic and quality of life benefits of …

Broadband Task Force: Tackling Alaska’s Big Issues

By Jeremy Thacker, Communications Specialist, Connect Alaska Alaska’s Broadband Task Force is feeling a surge of energy on the heels of its meeting Friday in Anchorage. The event closed a productive three-day visit to the state by Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski. Sen. Begich, FCC Chairman, and Task Force in round table discussion The regular meeting of task force …

Building Broadband Infrastructure: Alaska Under Construction

By Jeremy Thacker, Communications Specialist, Connect Alaska When it comes to Internet connection, there’s simply no state that faces Alaska’s challenges to broadband expansion. The job is immense and expensive, but with life-saving technologies and opportunities for economic growth at stake, it’s clear that the price of continued isolation is even more costly. Lt. Governor Mead Treadwell, FCC Chairman Julius …

Texas Takes Aim at Access, Adoption, and Use

By Jeremy Thacker, Communications Specialist, Connected Texas There’s a new whirlwind of excitement energizing the Connected Texas initiative. That’s the official word after Monday’s meeting with the state’s Broadband Task Force members. “Everybody involved with Connected Texas at the state level has been very supportive of our mission,” said Connected Texas Executive Director Don Shirley. “We’re anxious to see how …

$24 Million Greater Minnesota Broadband Collaborative Project Launches

By Wil Payton, Communications Specialist, Connected Nation Enventis Telecom, a subsidiary of HickoryTech, is kicking off a $24 million Greater Minnesota Broadband Collaborative Project on Aug. 25 that will improve high-speed Internet access in rural Minnesota communities. Project Impact: • Statewide network will connect 36 rural Minnesota communities in 23 counties • The fiber network will deliver a minimum of …

Policy & Need: Bringing Broadband to Alaska

By Jeremy Thacker, Communications Specialist, Connect Alaska Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Julius Genachowski is in Alaska today kicking off a three-day visit. The chairman plans to spend the rest of the week getting a first-hand look at the state’s critical need for expanded broadband service and the progress being made on some of the solutions to the problem. The …

Connected Tennessee’s Computers 4 Kids Program Helps Revitalize Rural Perry County

Connected Tennessee’s Computers 4 Kids (C4K) program, Congressman Marsha Blackburn, and several Perry County leaders gathered yesterday to celebrate the donation of computers to Perry County’s “Vision Perry” program, an innovative program that has put hundreds of Perry County citizens back to work over the past two years. In January 2009, unemployment in Perry County surged to 27 percent, and …

Broadband Provides Critical Functionality During East Coast Earthquake

By Wil Payton, Communications Specialist, Connected Nation Today it seemed like I had been inserted into a science fiction movie as my house in Northern Virginia started sashaying back and forth in a manner that I did not think was possible. Turns out it was an earthquake, measuring 5.9 on the Richter scale. The National Weather Service reported that the …

Rural broadband projects in CN states get $25 million

Rural broadband projects in states with Connected Nation programs were today awarded more than $25 million in funding. The Department of Agriculture announced more than $100 million in awards nationally to improve broadband in rural communities “Without broadband, rural communities, agricultural producers, and business owners face a substantial challenge,” Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said in a news release. “These loans …

White House Rural Council Promotes Expansion of Rural Broadband Access

By Travis Lane, Research Analyst at Connected Nation Last week, the White House Rural Council released a new report titled Jobs and Economic Security for Rural America which highlights the administration’s key accomplishments in rural communities, as well as the significant challenges that rural Americans still face. The report stresses the importance of expanding broadband access to rural communities, highlighting …