Congress, USDA Take Action to Help Rural America

Bowling Green, Ky. (December 14, 2018) – Two important actions took place this week that will help provide relief for America’s families, businesses, farmers and ranchers, and small communities. Lawmakers passed the Agricultural Improvement Act of 2018, also known as the Farm Bill, and the United State Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced how $600 million in loans and grants will …

How Digital Works Helps Military Spouses

Bowling Green, KY. (November 26, 2018) – Moving from place-to-place while trying to keep a steady job can be hard. This is the reality for Adriana Honsinger. As a military spouse, Honsinger has accompanied her husband on moves overseas and to the East Coast to report to new military stations. It’s made it difficult for her to keep and steady job, which …

The Cost of Being Excluded From a Digital World

Bowling Green, KY. (November 26, 2018) – Access to high-speed internet is now more than a want — it’s a need. The cost of being excluded is too high for small businesses, making it hard to reach their full potential without the tools and resources broadband provides. Heather Gate, director of Digital Inclusion at Connected Nation, spoke with RDF-TV about how the …

New Digital Training Program Supports Military Veterans and Spouses

Bowling Green, KY. (November 16, 2018) – Connected Nation recently launched its newest Digital Works program training facility in Fort Knox, KY, to help military veterans and spouses find remote jobs. The four- to six-week program equips students with skills to work in the telework industry and connects graduates to customer support and IT jobs for global corporations. “Talking to …

VIDEO: Engaging Communities in Their Broadband Future

Bowling Green, KY. (November 14, 2018) – Digital inclusion means going beyond connecting to the internet or posting photos on Facebook. It means improving quality of life through technology. Connected Nation VP of Community Affairs, Eric Frederick, sat down with RFD-TV during Digital Inclusion Week (October 15- 21) to discuss why digital inclusion and broadband are important to all communities. “Digital inclusion is the idea that …

$91 Million in USDA Rural Broadband Funding Awarded in 12 States

By: Carl Weinschenk, The Telecompetitor (November 13, 2018) – The U.S. Department of Agriculture is investing $91 million in e-Connectivity initiatives in 12 states. The USDA rural broadband funding will go toward networks in Arkansas, Georgia, Iowa, Kentucky, Minnesota, North Carolina, North Dakota, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Utah and Virginia, and is expected to help 27,000 business and households. “In …

Governor’s Office Challenges FCC Mobility Fund Phase II Eligibility Map; Test Results Could Mean More Funding for LTE Service Buildout in Kansas

By: Kansas Office of the Governor (November 13, 2018) – Today, Governor Jeff Colyer, M.D. announced that his office has successfully challenged the Federal Communication Commission’s Mobility Fund Phase II (MF-II) Eligibility Map, which the Commission will soon use to determine areas that will be eligible for funding for mobile LTE broadband service buildout in unserved areas.  Unlike surrounding states, Kansas …

How this Army veteran integrated new digital skills with military background

By: Michael Stawser Published in Louisville Business First on November 9, 2018 Louisville, KY. (November 11, 2018) – Radcliff resident Norvinnia McLaurine, 41, is pictured at Saunders Springs Nature Preserve, where the Army veteran often goes to clear his mind. McLaurine recently completed a training program for veterans called Digital Works, a subset of the nonprofit Connected Nation, which aims to …

In farm country, forget broadband. You might not have internet at all

By: Shara Tibken – CNET (October 23, 2018) – “We do apologize for the inconvenience this interruption of service may cause and wish you the best in finding a new internet service provider,” the Cumberland Telephone Company said as it suggested satellite and cellular companies as possible alternatives. This may not be a big deal for many Americans who have multiple, …

Why rural areas can’t catch a break on speedy broadband

By: Marguerite Readon – CNET (October 23, 2018) – When Galen Manners was offered a promotion at his job, he didn’t want to relocate to the big city from his family in rural Kansas, where he helped his two brothers run their 2,000-acre farm in his spare time. His employer gave him the option to work from home. But there was …