Internet users save big by seeking out health information online

Published on: January 18, 2022

Bowling Green, Kentucky (January 18, 2022) – Since we opened our doors more than 20 years ago, Connected Nation (CN) has focused both nationally and locally on the impact that broadband can have on peoples’ lives. It is not enough to work with others to lay the infrastructure and make broadband available to every home. We must also explore the …

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.” …

Flipping the classroom: How the Morgan School District went from low tech to high tech

Published on: December 17, 2021

Morgan, Utah (December 17, 2021) – Terry Allen, IT Director of the Morgan School District, understands that technology is very important to helping students and staff adapt to new styles of teaching and learning. “Technology is no longer a digital organizer and file cabinet for our staff,” said Allen. “Professional development is offered to help teachers learn how to use …

Expanding broadband in the Cowboy State

Published on: December 16, 2021

How Visionary Broadband is leading the way to connect all of Wyoming Gillette, Wyoming (December 16, 2021) – Have you ever referred to someone you don’t actually live near as your neighbor? If you grew up in a small, rural town, you probably have. In that kind of tightknit community, the owner of the shop down the street, the local …

VIDEO: Wyoming working to bridge the Digital Divide across the state

Published on: December 13, 2021

National rural affairs network, RFD-TV, invited Teal Wyckoff onto its program to discuss how the Wyoming State Broadband Program is working to connect more people. Wyckoff serves as the Technical Services Manager and a Research Scientist at the Wyoming Geographic Information Science Center (WyGISC) at the University of Wyoming. Residents of Wyoming are encouraged to visit wyobbmap.org to take a …

From fence-post repeaters to Cowboy Towers: how the need to connect Wyoming is leading to new innovations

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“Whatever we can to come up with a solution for connecting more people, we’re on it, but we really have to work for it.” by Jessica Denson, Communications DirectorConnected Nation Van Tassell, Wyoming (December 13, 2021) – When we recently tracked down Matt Larsen, CEO of Vistabeam Internet, he was working in the field. “I’m looking at a tower south …

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 …

New data make a case for expanded, permanent telehealth coverage for Medicare patients

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Bowling Green, Kentucky (December 8, 2021) – The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released a new Medicare Telemedicine Data Snapshot on Friday, December 3. This kind of government data can sometimes get overlooked especially during the end-of-the-year frenzy. However, Connected Nation has been studying telehealth trends in Michigan since 2019 and noticed something in this recent federal data …

Connected Nation Celebrates GIS Day 2021

Published on: November 17, 2021

Louisville, KY (November 17, 2021) – Today is GIS Day, an international recognition of the impact that geographic information systems (GIS) and location intelligence have on our world. Since 1999, GIS Day has occurred in the middle of Geography Awareness Week, demonstrating that a keen understanding of the environmental and cultural geography variables around us help us not only understand …