Digital Works Goes Virtual

Virtually Anywhere (May 16, 2018) – Digital Works just took a successful, first step into a new facet of workforce training—going virtual. The program, which was established by Connected Nation to bridge the needs of communities and employers through telework, just completed its first all-virtual class in Kiowa County, Kansas. “This worked so well in Kansas because there was a …

VIDEO: Connecting Rural America to Broadband

(May 15, 2018) – “Having internet access right now is no longer a luxury or an amenity. It’s fundamental to economic development, innovation, and basically all quality measures of American life,” said Tom Ferree, Chairman & CEO of Connected Nation, recently during an interview with RFD-TV. The broadcast group focuses on issues important to rural America, and few things can …

Digital Exclusion is What’s Really Happening, Here’s How We Can Fix It

Digital Inclusion Week is a time to examine the perils of digital “exclusion.” What does it mean for everyone from children to small, rural business owners to be excluded from this digital world? (May 11, 2018) – As we wrap up the official Digital Inclusion Week (May 7-11), it’s a great time to celebrate our successes as nonprofits dedicated to …

Digital Inclusion Week: Lack of Access, Digital Literacy is Hurting Families

(May 11, 2018) – The future looks brighter for those with the right digital skills. Digital inclusion means going beyond getting a computer, or connecting to the internet, or posting photos on Snapchat. It means learning how to use technology in innovative ways that employers need. Those who possess those skills will be a step ahead of those who do …

Course Requirements: High Speed Internet

Opportunity knocks via the internet. For college students in 2018, internet access is no longer a luxury, but a necessity for success. As a university junior involved in the broadband industry, I have witnessed the impossibilities of college when a student is without consistent high-speed internet. Digital Inclusion Week (May 7-11) provides an opportunity to remind everyone that limited connection …

Digital Inclusion Week: The Importance of Better Broadband Mapping

As Digital Inclusion Week continues (May 7-11, 2018), we at Connected Nation are working diligently to improve lives by providing innovative solutions that expand the access, adoption, and use of high-speed internet and its related technologies to all people – we believe that everyone belongs in a Connected Nation. However, as Digital Inclusion Week highlights, there is still much work …

Good Public Policy Can Move the Needle on Digital Inclusion

(May 9, 2018) – Last summer, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai (pictured right) wrote that “[i]f you live in rural America, there’s a better than 1-in-4 chance that you lack access to fixed high-speed broadband at home, compared to a 1-in-50 probability in our cities.” The Digital Divide is tangible and persistent for rural America, and to solve the challenges, good …

Digital Exclusion: A New Form of Student Segregation

The following was written by Wendy Lazarus, who serves on the Board of Directors for Connected Nation, as part of National Digital Inclusion Week (May 7-11). To request an interview with Ms. Lazarus or if you have questions, please contact us at [email protected]  (May 8, 2018) – In 1954, the Supreme Court ended school segregation with its landmark decision in …