Weather, terrain, national parks: Silver Star Internet tackles some of the most challenging areas to connect in the country

Published on: December 20, 2021

“It’s not for the faint of heart.” Freedom, Wyoming (December 20, 2021) – Silver Star Internet is no stranger to challenge — local residents had to build it from the ground up.  “The company was a rural telco started by farmers and ranchers in the area back in 1912,” said Paul Petersen, COO. “They named it Silver Star Telephone Co.” …

Connected Nation names four honorees to share the 2021 National Broadband Visionary Award

Published on: December 13, 2021

Bowling Green, Kentucky (December 13, 2021) – Connected Nation (CN) is honoring four organizations with the 2021 Broadband Visionary Award — KGW-TV in Portland, Oregon; Fort Bend Independent School District in Sugar Land, Texas; and, jointly, RFD-TV and the American Farm Bureau Federation in Washington, D.C. This prestigious national award recognizes those who demonstrate exceptional and innovative leadership in the …

This holiday season, let’s sound the alarm on broadband access for all

Published on: December 9, 2021

While the pandemic drove some much-needed progress, 42 million Americans are still stuck in the Digital Divide Louisville, Kentucky (December 9, 2021) – One of my favorite holiday memories involves an alarm clock. Not just any alarm clock — an ugly, grey metal clock that you had to wind to set. It made this awful, and sometimes frightening ding, ding, …

My ‘kind’ of internet: what second graders can teach us all about empathy while online

Published on: December 8, 2021

“This is a global problem, and it’s important for our kids to understand that they are global citizens.” Fond du Lac, Wisconsin and Zaječar, Serbia (December 8, 2021) – It’s no secret that using the internet comes with great responsibility. What we do, say, or how we treat each other online should reflect how we conduct ourselves in our daily …

Connected Nation congratulates Jessica Rosenworcel on her Senate confirmation as permanent FCC Chair

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Washington, DC (December 8, 2021) – Tom Ferree, Chairman & CEO of Connected Nation, issued the following statement congratulating Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel on her confirmation by the United States Senate:  “Yesterday marked a significant milestone in our nation’s tech and telecom policy history with the Senate confirmation of Jessica Rosenworcel to a new term, which will …

Connected Nation announces new partnership to protect children online, teach empathy during World Kindness Week

Published on: November 12, 2021

Bowling Green, Ky. (November 12, 2021) – As we celebrate World Kindness Week (Nov. 8-14), Connected Nation is proud to announce its partnership with Empatico to develop content to help children worldwide safely navigate the internet. “It is fitting that, as we celebrate 20 years of service within the broadband space, we are also taking action through this partnership with …

RFD-TV and American Farm Bureau team up to host live, expert panels during national conversation on Digital Divide

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Washington, DC will be one of three live locations across the country Washington, DC (November 12, 2021) – RFD-TV, a national rural affairs network, will host expert panelists at its American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) studio location during a “national conversation on the Digital Divide.” This  free event, produced by national nonprofit Connected Nation, will take place across the country …

Connected Nation to host national conversation on the Digital Divide with live expert panels from coast-to-coast

Published on: November 10, 2021

Washington, DC (November 10, 2021) – Connected Nation is celebrating 20 years of service by hosting an historic event taking place in one week nationally. “Today we find ourselves at a most unprecedented time; not only is there a better, more unified understanding of why we must close the Digital Divide, but there is now the equally extraordinary, and necessary, …

Statement from Tom Ferree, Chairman & CEO of Connected Nation, Applauding the Passage of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act

Published on: November 8, 2021

Washington, DC (November 8, 2021)—Connected Nation Chairman & CEO Tom Ferree issued the following statement applauding the passage of HR 3684, the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, late Friday: “This month, as we celebrate 20 years as an organization working in the trenches to close the digital divide across America, it is tremendously exciting to see the passage of the …

Portland news station to host live, expert panel discussion during national conversation on Digital Divide

Published on: November 3, 2021

KGW will be one of three live locations across the country Portland, Oregon (November 3, 2021) – KGW, Portland’s NBC-affiliate and Emmy-winning tv station, will host expert panelists during a live, national event taking place on Wednesday, November 17. Connected Nation (CN) is producing the free event titled “20 years of connecting the nation: a national conversation on the Digital …