Dear Ohio Senators: How One Third-Grade Class Sees the Digital Divide

Published on: July 12, 2018

Columbus, OH. (July 12, 2018) – Ten to 15 years ago, having internet at school wasn’t a necessity. But now it’s an important learning tool for students to keep up in the classroom. In the spring of 2018, Knox Elementary School principal Stephen Fowler took it upon himself to bring awareness to this issue, and he did so the best …

How Digital Works is Improving Economic Growth in Rural Communities

Published on: June 28, 2018

Grants, New Mexico (June 28, 2018) – It can be difficult to find a job in rural America. There are few brick-and-mortar opportunities for those who want to stay close to their families and provide for their children or themselves. As a result, many are forced to move to larger cities and leave behind the quiet life they know and …

A Way Out of Poverty: How Digital Works is Helping Single Moms

Published on: June 22, 2018

Greensburg, KS (June 28, 2018) – Being a single mother can be tough. But according to the American Psychological Association*, it’s even more difficult than you may think. That’s because households led by a single mom have a 31.6% poverty rate. So, it’s important to give single mothers better options for supporting their families. For Tami Raber, Digital Works was …

Digital Works: Providing Hope and Economic Stability through Technology Training

Published on: June 21, 2018

Columbus, OH (June 21, 2018): On Friday, May 25, seven students graduated from Connected Nation’s Digital Works Program in Columbus, OH. Digital Works is a nationwide program that seeks to provide training in computer literacy and customer service. Once students graduate from the training, they are provided with support to find job placements with one of the 70+ employer partners …

One Mom Finds New Hope Through Digital Works

Published on: June 20, 2018

Columbus, Ohio (June 20, 2018) – Crystal Amesquita never expected to be in this position—recently incarcerated and struggling to find a job to support her 12-year-old son Dominic. But everything was about to change. A program called Digital Works (DW) came into her life at the right moment and turned it all around. While staying at the Alvis House in …

Expanding Broadband: Why the Time to Act is Now

Published on: June 6, 2018

Columbus, Ohio (June 6, 2018) – Expanding broadband in Ohio is so important to those living in the Buckeye State that more than 20 people submitted testimony on June 5, 2018 to the Senate Finance Committee in support of Senate Bill 225. The bill seeks to create the Ohio Broadband Grant Program, which would provide funding opportunities for broadband expansion …

The FCC Hosts a One-Day Supplier Diversity Workshop

Published on: June 4, 2018

Workshop with include networking opportunities for small businesses including women-owned, minority-owned along with other diverse groups Today (Monday, June 5) the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) Office of Communications Business Opportunities (OCBO) and Media Bureau (MB), in partnership with the FCC’s Advisory Committee on Diversity and Digital Empowerment (ACDDE) is hosting a one-day supplier diversity workshop for small businesses owned by …

VIDEO: Mapping is Key When Identifying the Digital Divide

Published on: May 29, 2018

On the heels of Digital Inclusion Week, some may wonder what is happening in Washington, D.C. to reach those that have been excluded from broadband (high-speed internet) access. Brent Legg, Vice President of Government Affairs for Connected Nation, spoke with RFD-TV about issues that arise when lawmakers have access to little or inaccurate data. “Unfortunately, many of the areas that …

Connected Nation: Working to Connect Veterans during Military Appreciation Month

Published on: May 24, 2018

May is National Military Appreciation Month, and as the month comes to an end, we at Connected Nation want to recognize and thank all those who have served our nation. One of our goals is to make sure that every veteran has the opportunity to get connected to the internet. Unfortunately, many have been left on the wrong side of …

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 …