More Than 443,000 Children in Puerto Rico Lack Access to Broadband Internet

(September 29, 2011) – Current U.S. Census statistics report that Puerto Rico has 431,712 families with children (AVG 1.77 children) do not have broadband at home. In the 2010 Connect Puerto Rico Residential Technology Assessment data indicated that over 250,608 households, or roughly 443,000 children (AVG 1.77 x 250K), do not have broadband service at home. Broadband has the potential …

Connect Michigan Report Reveals Expanded Broadband Availability and Higher Speeds in Many Michigan Counties

Updated Planning Report Presented at the Second Michigan Collaborative Broadband Committee Meeting   Lansing, MI. (September 29, 2011) — Connect Michigan today released an updated assessment of the broadband market in Michigan. Data collected and reflected in this update indicate much higher broadband availability in many Michigan counties, both at higher speed tiers and by certain platforms, than the data collected …

Broadband is more available and higher speeds are becoming more common in many Michigan counties

(September 29, 2011) – Connect Michigan today released an updated assessment of the broadband market in Michigan. Data collected and reflected in this update indicate much higher broadband availability in many Michigan counties, both at higher speed tiers and by certain platforms, than the data collected in the fall of 2010. The report was public online on Connect Michigan’s website.  …

A Broadband Success Story in Lower Northern Michigan

By Wil Payton, Communications Specialist, Connected Nation   Clare County, MI. (September 26, 2011) –  Rolling hillsides, heavy foliage, and low-density housing which makes the county aesthetically appealing and technologically challenged. The landscape has natural barriers that could hamper high-speed Internet development and possibly undermine economic growth. Perhaps that’s why the county is noted for having the second highest poverty rate …

Plugging the Digital Divide In Minnesota

From Connect Minnesota: Anoka County, MN. (September 27, 2011) – Anoka County and Zayo break ground on the Connect Anoka County high speed Internet project

A Highway 50 Reminder of How the West was Won

  White Pine County, NV. (September 21, 2011) – Highway 50 shouldn’t be called the “loneliest road in America” as it’s so often referred to. In fact, once the route of the Pony Express, this road is vibrant with travelers, construction projects, and frontier communities. With a rich history in receiving information, it is no wonder residents are craving new …

17 Million US Children Do Not Have Broadband At Home

Preliminary findings from Connected Nation’s 2011 residential survey reveal wide gaps of digital inclusion for nation’s children WASHINGTON, DC. (September 20, 2011) – A new white paper by national nonprofit Connected Nation released today reveals wide gaps in vital broadband opportunities for children, especially in low-income households. Broadband plays a vital role in future educational and economic opportunity for American …

FCC Praises Comcast for Internet Essentials Program

Low-cost broadband initiative rolls out in D.C. (September 20, 2011) – Julius Genachowski, FCC chairman, Tuesday applauded Comcast for its Internet Essentials low-cost broadband initiative, while calling on the rest of the industry to do all it could to close the digital divide… He also cited a Connected Nation study released Tuesday that showed that fewer than half (46%) of …

Comcast, FCC intro low-cost Internet, digital literacy training for students

(September 20, 2011) – Children who are eligible for free lunches under the National School Lunch Program are going to get a whole lot more bundled with that service for improving their education… The FCC chairman also cited a survey from Connected Nation that found that only 46 percent of low-income households with children have adopted broadband, and that number …

17 Million Children Lack Broadband at Home – Many of them in Low-Income Households

(September 20, 2011) – Broadband has the potential to be the “great equalizer” in our society (to quote FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski) – but unequal adoption and use of broadband can institutionalize economic and social inequality. If nearly two-thirds of low-income minority households do not have broadband at home, what does that mean for their educational and employment prospects five …