Mapping a Better Future for Texas

Published on: October 17, 2019

Austin, TX (October 17, 2019) – Connected Nation Texas (CN Texas) took its work to improve how broadband coverage is mapped in the state to those who can help expand access to more communities—the providers. Staff members presented during the Texas Statewide Telephone Cooperative, Inc. (TSTCI) annual membership meeting in Austin. CN Texas, a local subsidiary division of the national …

New U.S. Census Findings: Number of Households Without Internet Access

Published on: October 9, 2019

In addition to U.S. Census Shares New Broadband Adoption Data Bowling Green, KY (October 9, 2019) – In late September, the United States Census Bureau released new data from 2018 American Community Survey (ACS). This includes the number of households that currently do not have any internet service (including no dial-up, fixed broadband, mobile-only, anything). The numbers are listed below. …

The Future of Digital Healthcare

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Lansing MI (October 9, 2019) – In today’s society, healthcare is not always accessible. Factors like insurance, distance from proper healthcare facilities, and time constraints can keep people from getting quality healthcare. But staff members from Connected Nation Michigan (CN Michigan), a local subsidiary of Connected Nation (CN), are working to change that by partnering with AARP and the Michigan …

Lack of Broadband Costs Rural Texas

Published on: October 8, 2019

Waco, TX (October 8, 2019) –Rural Texas communities have found themselves on the wrong end of the Digital Divide and people are tired of waiting for access. Last week, Eric Frederick, VP of Community Affairs, Connected Nation, spoke with the Texas Farm Bureauabout how lack of broadband (high-speed internet)access hurts rural Texans. “There are a number of different problems that …

USDA Invests $152 Million to Improve Broadband Service in 14 States

Published on: October 7, 2019

USDA Invests $152 Million to Improve Broadband Service in 14 States Projects will Provide High-Speed Communications Technology to Support Economic and Educational Opportunities WASHINGTON, Oct. 7, 2019 – U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Deputy Under Secretary for Rural Development Donald “DJ” LaVoy today announced that USDA is investing $152 million in 19 projects (PDF, 121 KB) to provide or improve …

U.S. Census Shares New Broadband Adoption Data

Published on: October 4, 2019

Bowling Green, KY. (October 4, 2019) –Last week, the United States Census Bureau released new findingsfrom the 2018 American Community Survey (ACS), including updates about broadband adoption in the country. While this figure remains largely unchanged, this new ACS data highlights the growing prevalence of smartphones in American households. Nearly 103 million U.S. households had smartphones in 2018, representing 84 …

Dividing Lines: A Discussion on What Digital Inclusion Means and Who is Being Left Out

Published on: October 3, 2019

Louisville, Ky. (October 3, 2019) – Imagine your life without access to broadband (high-speed internet). You couldn’t pay your bills online or access  your doctor’s appointments. You couldn’t search and apply for new jobs or, if you have kids, provide them with the resources needed to finish their homework.  You couldn’t easily look online to order cheaper goods or compare …

The Cost of Being Disconnected

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Austin, TX (October 3, 2019) – Last week, Connected Nation Staff members headed to Austin, Texas, for the 2019 Texas Tribune Festival. This festival is one of the nation’s largest political gatherings, with over 8,300 people in attendance to discuss politics and policies that affect our communities, schools, work, and everyday lives. Connected Nation Texas State Program Director Jennifer Harris …

STUDY: How Telemedicine Can Make Older Adults Healthier

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The Technology May Also Improve Mortality Rates by Jessica Denson, Communications Director Connected Nation Louisville, Ky. (October 3, 2019) – New research published by the Journal of American Geriatrics Society points to telemedicine as a way to improve health outcomes in older adults.   The study reviewed current articles and data on telemedicine with a focus on older adults—those who are …

Closing the Homework Divide with Mobile Services

Published on: October 2, 2019

Bowling Green, KY. (October 2, 2019) – It’s tricky for schools to figure out how to have the broadband internet and technologies needed to teach students the skills of today and the future. Implementing digital technologies in classrooms has proven difficult, particularly in rural schools. The integration of digital curriculum and content has been and will continue to be a significant shift in …