VIDEO: We Must Examine What It Means to be Digitally Excluded

Published on: May 23, 2018

Although Digital Inclusion Week is over, digital exclusion is still ongoing for many people without broadband, or high-speed internet, access. Heather Gate, Director of Digital Inclusion at Connected Nation, spoke with RDF-TV about the perils of digital exclusion and the steps Connected Nation takes to pursue inclusion. “The issue with exclusion is that people are not able to participate in …

VIDEO: CONNECTED: EMPOWERING COMMUNITIES THROUGH DIGITAL INCLUSION

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(May 23, 2018) – Digital Inclusion is a way for people to improve their quality of life through technology, which will help community and economic development. Eric Frederick, Connected Nation’s VP of Community Affairs, was invited to speak with RFD-TV about the Connected Community Engagement Program, as part of Digital Inclusion Week, which took place May 7-11, 2018. “The Connected …

VIDEO: DIGITAL WORKS: A BETTER APPROACH TO WORKFORCE, ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

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(May 23, 2018) – Digital Works is a workforce and economic development planning program of Connected Nation (CN). Stu Johnson, VP of Digital Works, explains to RFD-TV the importance of Digital Inclusion in rural areas – and how it can help provide jobs. “Telework, remote work, and free-lance solo work are the fastest growing segment of the work force” said …

VIDEO: Named the Top State in America, How Iowa Can Keep the Honor

Published on: May 16, 2018

What does Iowa, the Best State according to U.S. News & World Report, have that outranks any other state? You may be surprised to learn that Iowa has the best infrastructure in the nation. This includes the best ‘Ultra-Fast Internet Access’ and fifth best ‘Broadband Access.’ Connected Nation employee, David Daack, spoke with RDF-TV about the ranking, as well the …

VIDEO: WHY BETTER MAPPING MATTERS TO DIGITAL INCLUSION

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(May 16, 2018) – “In order to efficiently expand broadband access to impact digital inclusion, it’s essential that more accurate and granular broadband data be available to assist communities that are lacking service” said Ashley Hitt, GIS Director of Connected Nation, recently during an interview with RFD-TV. Hitt was invited to speak about Connected Nation’s (CN) GIS mapping, specifically in …

Digital Works Goes Virtual

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Virtually Anywhere (May 16, 2018) – Digital Works just took a successful, first step into a new facet of workforce training—going virtual. The program, which was established by Connected Nation to bridge the needs of communities and employers through telework, just completed its first all-virtual class in Kiowa County, Kansas. “This worked so well in Kansas because there was a …

VIDEO: Connecting Rural America to Broadband

Published on: May 15, 2018

(May 15, 2018) – “Having internet access right now is no longer a luxury or an amenity. It’s fundamental to economic development, innovation, and basically all quality measures of American life,” said Tom Ferree, Chairman & CEO of Connected Nation, recently during an interview with RFD-TV. The broadcast group focuses on issues important to rural America, and few things can …

Digital Exclusion is What’s Really Happening, Here’s How We Can Fix It

Published on: May 11, 2018

Digital Inclusion Week is a time to examine the perils of digital “exclusion.” What does it mean for everyone from children to small, rural business owners to be excluded from this digital world? (May 11, 2018) – As we wrap up the official Digital Inclusion Week (May 7-11), it’s a great time to celebrate our successes as nonprofits dedicated to …

Digital Inclusion Week: Lack of Access, Digital Literacy is Hurting Families

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(May 11, 2018) – The future looks brighter for those with the right digital skills. Digital inclusion means going beyond getting a computer, or connecting to the internet, or posting photos on Snapchat. It means learning how to use technology in innovative ways that employers need. Those who possess those skills will be a step ahead of those who do …

What It’s Like to Live on the Wrong Side of the Digital Divide

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The following was written by Mark McElroy, who serves on the Board of Directors for Connected Nation, as part of National Digital Inclusion Week (May 7-11). To request an interview with Mr. McElroy or if you have questions please contact us at [email protected] (May 11, 2018) – I live on the wrong side of the Digital Divide –that part of the …