Rural Broadband, Connected Nation, and a Dog Named Tuna

Louisville, Ky. (July 27, 2018) – One University of Virginia professor has taken his research on the road. Christopher Ali, an assistant professor in the Department of Media Studies, is talking with those impacted by the lack of broadband access and to those groups working toward its expansion. “I’m really interested in the impact on precision farming,” Ali said during …

Digital Works: Paving a Path Toward Hope

Columbus, Ohio (July 26, 2018) – A single mom, a U.S. veteran, and a senior citizen are just some of the graduates who were recently honored in a special graduation ceremony at the Reeb Avenue Center in Columbus, Ohio. A grant from Charter Communications, Inc., also known as Spectrum, provided support for three Digital Works (DW) classes in Columbus. Digital …

Connected Nation Cares: Staff Takes Part in United Way Day of Caring

Bowling Green, KY. (July 26, 2018) – On Wednesday July 25th, Connected Nation staff members participated in the United Way Day of Caring to give back to the Bowling Green community. Every year since 2013 our staff has volunteered for the local business Top Crops – a garden offering training and education opportunities for adults with special needs. This year …

HOMETOWN USA: IS THE AMERICAN DREAM STILL ALIVE IN RURAL AMERICA?

By Gil Gullickson Published by Successful Farming on 7/20/2018 Broadband Boost is Needed: Lack of rural broadband costs rural areas big bucks. Darrington Seward, who’s a manager for the Seward & Son Planting Company in Louise, Mississippi, noted in 2016 U.S. Senate testimony that broadband disruptions during planting can lead to improper seeding prescriptions or missed planting windows. In 2016, …

Connected Nation Staff Makes Data Personal at GIS Conference

Louisville, Ky. (July 24, 2018) – Last week, staff from Connected Nation’s GIS Services department attended the Esri User Conference in San Diego, California. Esri is the market leader in GIS (geographic information systems) software, bringing nearly 18,000 people together to learn, connect, innovate, and find solutions for the industry-specific challenges that we face. This year’s conference theme was GIS …

Connect South Carolina, Greenwood Partnership Alliance, Piedmont CMG Host Open House Celebrating Improved Broadband Connectivity

Years of connectivity issues, hampered productivity end for local manufacturer with help from Connect South Carolina, Greenwood Partnership Alliance Ware Shoals, S.C. (April 10, 2013) – Connect South Carolina and Greenwood Partnership Alliance hosted an open house at Piedmont CMG’s Abbeville plant on Monday, April 8 with business and community leaders, government representatives, and media to help celebrate the success of …

Dear Ohio Senators: How One Third-Grade Class Sees the Digital Divide

Columbus, OH. (July 12, 2018) – Ten to 15 years ago, having internet at school wasn’t a necessity. But now it’s an important learning tool for students to keep up in the classroom. In the spring of 2018, Knox Elementary School principal Stephen Fowler took it upon himself to bring awareness to this issue, and he did so the best …

Despite Forward Progress, Broadband Access Remains an Issue in Michigan

Laketown, MI (July 3, 2018) – For Connie Valkema, at-home internet has been an integral, but unreliable part of her livelihood for years. When Valkema, a resident of Laketown Township for about the past five years, found out Comcast Corp. was expanding its network to bring high-speed internet service to most of Laketown and Saugatuck townships, she became emotional. “I got …

Rural Communities Suffer the Most Without Access to the Web

Twin Lake, MI (July 1, 2018) – Like most people these days, Wanda Finkler relies on the Internet to stay connected. Finkler lives in Twin Lake in Muskegon County, Mich., and shops online, does her banking online, uses social media to connect with her friends and family. So, as she built a new home in the area, Finkler was excited by …