Black History Maker in Technology: James Edward West

(February 14, 2019) – If you’ve recently made a call on your cell phone or listened to a great song, you should probably thank James Edward West. He developed the foil-electret microphone in 1962. It’s now used in almost all current microphones, including those found in most cell phones. According to The HistoryMakers* website, West was born in 1931 in …

Dept. of Interior Launches New Effort to Facilitate Broadband Development in Rural America

The following is a press release published by the Department of the Interior (DOI) on February 13, 2019 Contact: Interior_Press@ios.doi.gov WASHINGTON –In response to President Trump’s strategy to enhance broadband access in rural America, the U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) launched a new effort today designed to increase broadband internet access on federally-managed lands. The report and accompanying website provide information …

Arkansas Senators Support Broadband Measure

Published by the Arkansas Democrat Gazette on February 13, 2019 A bill that would halt the prohibition on municipalities providing broadband service zipped through the Senate on Tuesday. The Senate voted 35-0 to send Senate Bill 150 by Sen. Breanne Davis, R-Russellville, to the House for further action. The bill would amend the Telecommunications Regulatory Reform Act of 2013 and …

Connected Nation Applauds Creation of American Workforce Policy Advisory Board

Bowling Green, Ky. (February 13, 2019) – Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross and presidential adviser Ivanka Trump announced today the creation of the American Workforce Policy Advisory Board. The board is comprised of leaders from the private and public sectors including the CEOs of Apple and IBM, the head of the Boys & Girls Clubs of America, Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds, …

Meet the Man Who is Expanding Digital Inclusion to Communities of Color

Talking with Doug McCollough, the Chief Information Officer of the city of Dublin, Ohio, one thing becomes immediately apparent — he’s a public servant who believes in digital inclusion. “It’s criminal that people who could benefit from technology and its advances are not getting access to it,” said McCollough. “Our entire society is becoming more digital. When you look at …

OPINION: We Need a National Rural Broadband Plan

EDITOR’S NOTE: The following opinion piece was published by The New York Times on February 6, 2019.  It was written by Dr. Christopher Ali, an assistant professor at the University of Virginia.   Connected Nation’s CEO and Chairman, Tom Ferree, and Director of GIS Services, Ashley Hitt, met with Dr. Ali in July of 2018 when he took his research work on …

Why Being Left Out is Not an Option in the Digital Age

Celebrating Black History Month  (February 7, 2019) –  As the Director of Digital Inclusion for Connected Nation, Heather Gate is quick to point out the tremendous power and opportunities that technology provides to communities – particularly historically disenfranchised minority communities. In this age of technology, “digital exclusion” means that disenfranchised communities, families and individuals are left further behind without access …

Connect Michigan Testifies About Broadband Access, Adoption Use

Lansing, MI (February 6, 2019) – Michigan lawmakers got an update on the issue of broadband access in the state today during the House Communications and Technology Committee meeting.  Connect Michigan’s Executive Director, Eric Frederick (pictured right), was among those who testified. “We’re a neutral advocate for all technology,” he told the committee members. “Among other things, we do network …

Connected Nation Response to the State of the Union Address

Bowling Green, Ky. (February 6, 2019) –  Connected Nation Chairman and CEO Tom Ferree released the following statement in response to President Donald Trump’s State of the Union Address: “We look forward to the efforts of the Trump Administration and the new Congress as they work together to build a better future for the millions of Americans who still find …