Iowa: Rural Broadband, and the Unknown Costs of the Digital Divide

Published in the Columbia Journalism Review on October 15, 2018 Article by Lyz Lenz The last time I almost died was in February. A late winter thaw had made me overconfident in the roads, and so I’d gone out in search of an abandoned pioneer church just outside of Cedar Rapids, Iowa. One hour into the journey and I was …

Why YOU Should Care About Digital Inclusion

Louisville, Ky. (October 15, 2018) – Before I started working at Connected Nation, the terms “digital exclusion” and “Digital Divide” never crossed my mind. Why would they? I have fast, reliable internet access pretty much any time I want it. I use it every single day. Among dozens of other tasks I do online, I pay my bills, track my …

Connected Nation Launches Digital Job Training Program Geared to Military Spouses and Veterans

Elizabethtown, Ky. (September 10, 2018) – A pilot program from Connected Nation is now providing digital job and customer service training geared specifically for the unique needs of military spouses and veterans. A press conference was held last week in Elizabethtown to officially announce that Digital Works℠ (DW) classes were being offered near Fort Knox at Elizabethtown Community and Technical …

Upgrading McCamey, Texas: The Plan that Lead to Positive Change

McCamey, TX (September 5, 2018) – In February of this year, the Upton County Broadband Committee released its Technology Action Plan. It took six months of work to develop. Once  complete it provided a comprehensive look at broadband and its related technologies across the county—including in McCamey, Texas. “Connected Nation helped guide us through the process,” said Alicia Sanchez, Executive …

From Dial Up to Fiber: Anchoring an Arts Community

Marfa, Texas (September 10, 2018) – The City of Marfa is a town of  just under 2,000 people that sits in far west Texas just an hour from the Mexico border. Located between the Davis Mountains and Big Bend National Park, Marfa’s population swells with tourists because of its reputation as a cultural center for artist. “The town and the …

New Digital Job Training Available Near Fort Knox

by Makayla Ballman, WAVE 3 News Elizabethtown, Ky. (September 4, 2018) – A new pilot program has launched near Ft. Knox to help military spouses and veterans fill remote and telework positions. Connected Nation just launched its Digital Works program, a one-of-a-kind job-creation program developed specifically to meet the growing demand for online and digitally trained workers, thus offering a …

New Job Training Program Helps Military Spouses, Veterans

by Katherine Knott, The News-Enterprise Elizabethtown, Ky. (September 4, 2018) – Norvinnia McLaurine left the U.S. Army after 21 years of service in April. Since then, he’s struggled to find work. McLaurine, who was a warrant officer, said he found it difficult to translate his military skills to the civilian workforce. He’s also raising his 19-year-old son who has autism, so …

Digital Works Program Aims to Help Fort Knox Military Spouses Work from Home

by Gilbert Corsey, WDRB News Elizabethtown, Ky. (September 4, 2018) – The military life rarely gives families the opportunity to settle down and put down roots. In many cases, families are bounced from base-to-base and post-to-post. No one knows that better than Adriana Honsinger. Alongside her husband, Master Sgt.Paul Honsinger Jr., she has spent years of her life living in …

Michigan Governor Unveils Plan to Bring Broadband to Every Corner of the State

Escanaba, Mich. (August 15, 2018) – Connect Michigan, a subsidiary of the nonprofit Connected Nation, worked with Governor Rick Snyder, his staff, and state technology and business leaders to develop a plan to provide universal access to high-speed internet for every Michigan resident, business, region, and community. That plan was unveiled today during an event at Escanaba High School. “As …

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 …