Improving Your Broadband Connection: How this Rural Michigan County Has Benefited From Faster Internet Speeds

Published on: September 25, 2020

Lake County, MI (September 25, 2020) – Having high-speed internet access is more important now than ever, and rural Michigan residents can vouch for that. During the late summer months of 2019, Casair, a Mid-Michigan wireless internet provider, rolled out fiber to Lake County in hopes of connecting more rural residents and businesses.  Last year, Connected Nation ran an article recapping …

Policy Brief: FCC Announces Special E-rate Filing Window for School District Bandwidth Upgrades 

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On September 16, acknowledging the disruptions caused by COVID-19 and the new reliance on remote learning by school districts, the FCC directed the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) to open a second E-rate filing window for Funding Year 2020 (FY2020). The window opened Monday, September 21 and will close on Friday, October 16 at 11:59 p.m. EDT. This new window …

New Census Data Shows Broadband Adoption Rates Inching Up, Mobile Connectivity Growing in Importance

Published on: September 24, 2020

Bowling Green, Ky (September 24, 2020) – New data from the United States Census Bureau reveal higher broadband adoption rates in 2019 than in the prior year — an ongoing trend in the United States. And just last week, the Census Bureau released the first round of its data from the American Community Survey (ACS), which includes broadband adoption data. …

What a Texas School District Can Teach the Nation About Connecting and Educating a Generation of Kids

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“Internet access is no longer a luxury. It’s something that every kid should be provided with.”       By Jessica Denson, Communications DirectorConnected Nation Lockhart, TX (September 24, 2020) – Mark Estrada, superintendent of Lockhart Independent School District, says the first day of in-person classes went pretty well considering the COVID-19 pandemic — with about 45 percent of students inside the …

Cornyn: To continue essential education, we must bridge the digital divide

Published on: September 15, 2020

The following article was published on September 15, 2020, by Stephenville Empire Tribune. Temperature checks in the drop-off lane. Tape cordoning off every other desk. Teachers trying to learn new students’ names through facemasks and six feet of distance. A grid of classmates participating virtually on a projector screen. The school year just started, and already it’s unlike any other. …

How to “Pandemic Proof” the National Labor Force

Published on: September 3, 2020

Bowling Green, Ky. (September 3, 2020) – Congress, through the HEALS Act, is debating how to provide additional relief for Americans hit hard by the coronavirus shutdowns. We’ve all watched as things have seemed to move forward only to stall again. Responding to the overwhelming need of the American worker and American business right now is a tall order. The …

Rep. Clardy “Equal access is the right thing to do regardless of race, color, creed, religion, or geographic location.”

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Connected Nation Texas recently asked Rep. Travis Clardy (R-Nacogdoches) and other lawmakers to share their thoughts on why expanding high-speed internet to more Texas homes, businesses, and communities is important and explain what action is taking place at the state level to improve connectivity. Rep. Clardy joined us via Zoom to share why he believes access to broadband is not …

Broadband an Important Tool for Charities Around the Globe

Published on: September 2, 2020

Bowling Green, Ky (September 2, 2020) – Charitable giving can mean so much in today’s environment. As we remain isolated, masked, and socially distant, the ability to give our time, money, or skills to a charity helps us look beyond ourselves. It lets us focus on things outside of our daily lives and reminds us that we can still make …

5G in 2020

Published on: August 19, 2020

Bowling Green, Ky (August 19, 2020) – 5G advertisements have become universal, as the major carriers in the U.S. now have considerable deployments throughout the country. The past two years have brought a wave of changes in the 5G market, including recent acquisitions and expansion. Some of the providers talk about nationwide coverage, while others have focused on many urban …

Rep. Ashby’s Hope: “All Texans will have equal access to high-speed internet, regardless of their zip code.”

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Connected Nation Texas recently asked Rep. Trent Ashby (R-Dist. 57) and other lawmakers to share their thoughts on why expanding high-speed internet to more Texas homes, businesses, and communities is important and explain what action is taking place at the state level to improve connectivity. Rep. Ashby shared the following in response to our questions: Why do you believe it’s …