FCC announces nearly $800 million for broadband through the rural digital opportunity fund

The following press release was by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) on Wednesday, August 31 To Date Over $6 Billion Authorized for Broadband Deployment in 47 States WASHINGTON, August 31, 2022—The Federal Communications Commission today announced that it is ready to authorize $791,604,299 through the Rural Digital Opportunity Fund to six providers to fund new broadband deployments to over 350,000 …

Connected Nation Communications Director named finalist in national 2022 PR News Platinum Awards

Bowling Green, Ky. (August 30, 2022) – Jessica Denson, Communications Director for national nonprofit Connected Nation (CN) has been named as a finalist in the 2022 Platinum Awards, PR News recently announced. CN is being honored in the category of PR Professional of the Year: In House. “I’m very excited to see Jessica and her team’s work recognized,” said Tom …

2022 trends in remote employment

Fort Campbell, Kentucky (August 24, 2022) — The Fort Campbell Digital Works team has a rare view into the world of remote employment because of the career readiness support that is included in the program. During training, each learner gains or refreshes their skills, including customer service, verbal and written communication, basic technical competencies, and the unique experience of searching …

The path forward: How telehealth continues to provide care for underserved Americans

Nashville, Tennessee (August 23, 2022) — When COVID-19 hit just two years ago, U.S. health care systems were in for a huge adaptation period. Because of health risks and restrictions, many people could not visit their primary health care physicians in person — their only option was to meet with them virtually via telehealth. In the recent study The Roadmap to …

AT&T Contributes $6 Million for Digital Literacy Initiatives Nationwide to Help Narrow Digital Divide

More than 400 libraries and community organizations will host in-person digital literacy workshops using online courses developed in collaboration with Public Library Association (PLA) Dallas, Texas (August 16, 2022) – What’s the news? As part of $6 million in contributions, AT&T is bringing bilingual, in-person digital literacy workshops to more than 400 libraries and community centers across the country. These …

An intern’s experience with remote work emphasizes the need for better broadband

Lexington, Kentucky (August 16, 2022) — I am an upcoming junior at the University of Dayton. This summer, I had a part-time internship in the Communications Department here at Connected Nation that was entirely remote. This was my first remote-work experience, and I found it wonderful!  My experiences during the pandemic made the transition to teleworking much easier, as I …

Connected Nation Honors Agriculture Producers During National Farmers Market Week

Bowling Green, Kentucky (August 9, 2022) –  August 7 to 13 marks National Farmers Market Week. In our 21-plus years of operation, Connected Nation has seen time and again how high-speed internet can impact the rural communities that help keep local farm vendors afloat. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), there are more than 8,000 farmers’ markets across …

10 tips for state broadband offices about BEAD planning budgets

Louisville, Kentucky (August 2, 2022) – States recently passed two Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) milestones by submitting letters of intent to participate in the Digital Equity Act (DEA) and Broadband Equity, Access, & Deployment (or BEAD) programs. Deadlines were July 12 and 18, respectively. The next milestone, which is coming up on August 15, is for states to …

New study shows where America’s K-12 students are not getting the same access to education

Waukesha, Wisconsin (July 28, 2022) — In July 2022, the Consortium for School Network (CoSN) released the results of its Home Connectivity Study. This study analyzes internet connectivity and speeds among K-12 students in seven school districts across the country.  In it, researchers focused on where students completed their schoolwork, disparities between internet connectivity and speed at school vs. outside …

How this Michigan County maps a plan for better broadband

Leelanau County, Michigan (July 27, 2022) – Over the past couple years, Leelanau County, a small, rural community on the upper west peninsula of Michigan, has been in dire need of better broadband (high-speed internet) access for its residents. Like many other communities across the country, the issue of connection is at the top of its list of needed improvements. …