Don’t need broadband? Think again as providers look to educate consumers

San Francisco, CA. (October 28, 2011) – A couple of years ago I was having dinner with my uncle during a stopover in San Francisco. The conversation, as it is wont to do, turned eventually to the Internet, specifically to Facebook, which my uncle had joined but was not posting to very much. Why? I asked.   “Because it takes …

Beware of Online ‘Tricks’ This Halloween

Are you afraid of hackers this Halloween? (October 31, 2011) – This Halloween, many businesses are scared of more than ghosts and goblins – they’re looking out for malicious “tricks” played by computer hackers. Today marks the end of National Cyber Security Awareness Month, and according to Connected Nation’s 2010 Business Technology Assessment, about one in twelve businesses said they …

CN Applauds Connect America Fund Creation

Connected Nation’s CEO Brian Mefford offered the following statement on the FCC’s Connect America Fund: Bowling Green, Ky. (October 27, 2011) – Connected Nation congratulates and commends the Federal Communications Commission today for creating the Connect America Fund. Too many parts of our country simply do not have access to broadband networks, and closing that gap is particularly important for the economic development …

FCC to Create $4 Billion Connect America Fund

(October 27, 2011) – Every year, the FCC’s Universal Service Fund provides over $4 billion for telephone companies to provide voice service in “high-cost” areas. A companion program compensates providers for completing telephone calls, with rates that vary based on technology used to make the call, be it a wireless phone, a traditional telephone, or an Internet service like Skype. …

Governor Snyder Sees Broadband as an Essential Element for Michigan’s Revitalization

Lansing, MI. (October 27, 2011) —“From government and schools to hospitals and private industry, our cyber networks are integral to Michigan’s infrastructure, economic growth, and quality of life.” Connect Michigan applauds Governor Rick Snyder for recognizing broadband as a vital component for revitalizing Michigan’s declining infrastructure. “Broadband is one of the infrastructures of the future,” said Gov. Snyder yesterday in …

Connect Florida Releases 2011 Residential Broadband Adoption Survey Results

Tallahassee, FL. (October 26, 2011) – Today, Connect Florida released new residential broadband adoption survey results revealing the top trends in technology use among key demographics in Florida. The preliminary indicators from the survey are available online and give a comprehensive view of the challenges and opportunities for expanding broadband in targeted sectors. Approximately 28% of Florida residents are not …

Connect South Carolina Releases 2011 Residential Broadband Adoption Survey Results

Columbia, SC. (October 25, 2011) – Today, Connect South Carolina released new residential broadband adoption survey results revealing the top trends in technology use among key demographics in South Carolina. The preliminary indicators from the survey are available online, which gives a comprehensive view of the challenges and opportunities for expanding broadband in targeted sectors. Approximately 43% of South Carolina …

5 Tips for Protecting Your Identity Online

October is National Cybersecurity Awareness month. (October 24, 2011) – Below are tips to help you stay safe online:   1. Look at a Website’s privacy policy – Before submitting your name, e-mail address, or other personal information on a website, look for the site’s privacy policy. 2. Look for evidence that your information is being encrypted – To protect …

Making Universal Service Truly “Universal”

Bowling Green, Ky. (October 21, 2011) –This month the Federal Communications Commission is poised – at last – to take a strong and definitive step forward in shifting the nation’s complex subsidy system for telephone service to one that directly supports broadband. Reforming this system is important, as there are significant differences in broadband availability across the country. Undertaking that …

Connect Minnesota Releases 2011 Residential Broadband Adoption Survey Results

ST. PAUL, MN. (October 20, 2011) – Today, Connect Minnesota released new residential broadband adoption survey results revealing the top trends in technology use among key demographics in Minnesota. The preliminary indicators from the survey are available online, which gives a comprehensive view of the challenges and opportunities for expanding broadband in targeted sectors. According to the survey, approximately 28% …