Low-earth orbit satellite broadband: The state of Starlink in 2022

Published on: June 29, 2022

Bowling Green, Kentucky (June 29, 2022) – Mid-Year LEO updates really come down to a discussion related to Starlink. Starlink’s competitors are estimated to be as much as 4-5 years behind. While there continue to be discussions about partnerships and launch dates, etc., we’re a long way from a commercial product. That said, let’s look at the state of Starlink …

Economics can help state broadband leaders rise to the challenge of universal internet access

Published on: June 20, 2022

by Nathan SmithBroadband Policy Specialist, Connected Nation Bowling Green, Kentucky (June 20, 2022) – Broadband leadership at the state level barely existed ten years ago. Now, states are in the hot seat, tasked with a crucial role in brightening the economic future, not only of the internet-deficient rural areas that will need state broadband grants to catch up with the …

New insight about state telehealth laws provides a clear path to further expansion—and better coverage for patients

Published on: June 14, 2022

By David Nunnally, Research Assistant Connected Nation  Bowling Green, Ky. (June 14, 2022) – The Center for Connected Health Policy released its spring 2022 report in May on state telehealth laws and Medicaid program policies. Among other things, the document tracks changes in Medicaid policy that states have enacted since fall 2021.  While the landscape remains largely the same, these advances …

Remote work works, when there is reliable access

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Lexington, Kentucky (June 14, 2022) – Like many other workers across the country, I began a fully remote job during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic. Because Connected Nation is committed to connectivity for all, we are no strangers to remote work and, therefore, my at-home office setup and onboarding process was seamless. The ability to continue meaningful work during …

Why are you staying? Exploring the Great Resignation

Published on: June 8, 2022

Columbus, Ohio (June 8, 2022) — The pandemic brought about significant changes, one of which was a mass exodus of the workforce, often referred to as The Great Resignation. Many people, at all career levels and positions, decided to leave the brick-and-mortar world behind. Personal or family illness, and the shift to online schooling for young children were among the …

What state leaders must do to access billions of dollars in broadband funding for rural communities

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Lexington, Ky. and Nashville, Tenn. (June 8, 2022) – The pandemic raised awareness about the millions of Americans still without adequate access to broadband (high-speed internet). As a result, federal lawmakers approved an unprecedented amount of funding to expand the nation’s current internet infrastructure particularly in rural areas. Brent Legg, who serves as the Vice President of Government Affairs for …

NTIA shares new tool to help tribal leaders create unique broadband plans

Published on: June 2, 2022

Lansing, Michigan (June 2, 2022) – Earlier this month, the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) shared a new tool that will help Native American tribes design broadband strategies to address the technology challenges facing tribal lands. The Tribal Broadband Planning Toolkit is being released at a pivotal time, as the NTIA works to allocate approximately $2 billion in grants …

Closing the homework gap: New hotspots help connect university students across the country

Published on: May 25, 2022

Nashville, Tennessee (May 25, 2022) — This past year, Connected Nation and AT&T partnered to help bridge the Digital Divide and narrow the homework gap for vulnerable students across the country. As part of this $10 million dollar commitment, the Homework Gap program delivered 1,060 free mobile hotspots and 14 months of free AT&T wireless internet service to schools and …

Keeping kids connected: Connected Learning Program gives rural students a chance to learn outside the classroom

Published on: May 18, 2022

Marion, Kentucky (May 18, 2022) – As part of AT&T’s $10 million commitment to helping our nation’s most at-risk children, the company and national nonprofit Connected Nation (CN) partnered last year to deliver hotspots to 150 schools and nonprofits across the country, providing connectivity for more than 40,000 vulnerable students.  The Crittenden County School District, located in Marion, Ky., is …

The urban exodus: How broadband plays a role in the recent migration of remote workers

Published on: May 12, 2022

Portage Lakes, Ohio (May 12, 2022) – As the COVID-19 pandemic progressed, I was amazed by the growth of the remote workforce. Prior to the pandemic, less than 4% of workers in high-paying jobs (positions with an annual salary greater than $100,000) worked remotely. At the conclusion of 2021, the percentage of high-paying remote jobs grew more than 375% — …