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 …

Expanding Broadband: Why the Time to Act is Now

Columbus, Ohio (June 6, 2018) – Expanding broadband in Ohio is so important to those living in the Buckeye State that more than 20 people submitted testimony on June 5, 2018 to the Senate Finance Committee in support of Senate Bill 225. The bill seeks to create the Ohio Broadband Grant Program, which would provide funding opportunities for broadband expansion …

The FCC Hosts a One-Day Supplier Diversity Workshop

Workshop with include networking opportunities for small businesses including women-owned, minority-owned along with other diverse groups Today (Monday, June 5) the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) Office of Communications Business Opportunities (OCBO) and Media Bureau (MB), in partnership with the FCC’s Advisory Committee on Diversity and Digital Empowerment (ACDDE) is hosting a one-day supplier diversity workshop for small businesses owned by …

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 …

What It’s Like to Live on the Wrong Side of the Digital Divide

The following was written by Mark McElroy, 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 Mr. McElroy or if you have questions please contact us at info@connectednation.org. (May 11, 2018) – I live on the wrong side of the Digital Divide –that part of the …

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: What the U.S. Can Learn from Emerging and Developing Countries

The following was written by John Davies, 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 Mr. Davies or if you have questions, please contact us at info@connectednation.org.  (May 10, 2018) – Over the last two decades, my career focused on Digital Inclusion in emerging and …