Staying Connected in a Virtual World

Published on: February 3, 2021

Austin, TX (February 3, 2021) – The American Farm Bureau hosted a panel on “Staying Connected in a Virtual World”. Connected Nation Executive Vice President of Government Affairs, Brent Legg, joined fellow panel members Jackie Mundt, member of the Kansas Farm Bureau and Michael Ramano, Senior VP Industry Affairs & Business Development, NTCA, to discuss the difficulties and implications of …

Building Equal Experiences

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Celebrating Black History Month Bowling Green, KY (February 3, 2021) – Technology is causing the world to change daily. Because of this, many black communities are falling behind due to inadequate resources, funds and programs that would maximize the usage of modern information technology. Technology and its access are crucial to enhancing personal growth and learning. Technology provides differentiation in …

Celebrating Black History Month: African Americans who have worked to advance technology for all

Published on: February 1, 2021

Bowling Green, KY. (February 1, 2021) – As Black History Month gets underway, Connected Nation wants to emphasize the hard work Black Americans have carried out to help advance technology. African Americans have done and continue to do incredible things in technology – including working to close the Digital Divide for communities of color. Here are just a few examples: Janet …

Ordinary people taking extraordinary measures to access the internet they need

Published on: January 26, 2021

“The internet should be looked at like a necessity—something we need, like electricity or water.” by Jessica Denson, Communications DirectorConnected Nation Milam County, Texas (January 26, 2021) – Jeremy and Courtney Renaud run the Bling Box Boutique, a small business tucked away in downtown Cameron, Texas. The town has just three stoplights and about 5,000 people. “It’s a very tiny …

New Year – New Job! Preparing for Your Virtual Interview

Published on: January 15, 2021

Bowling Green, KY (January 15, 2021) – The pandemic forced many to consider an alternative form of employment: remote work! If you were able to make the conversion from brick-and-mortar to work-at-home (WAH) without having to change jobs, you were very fortunate. Those individuals who could not had to start all over. This often meant a brand-new application process that …

The Impact of Telehealth Within Michigan Communities

Published on: January 5, 2021

Bowling Green, Ky (January 5, 2021) – Since the start of the coronavirus, people have had to drastically change how they carry out everyday tasks. To stay healthy, we now wear a mask in public, social distance, work and take classes from home, and much more. Another major change is how we communicate with our physicians. Before March of 2020, …

Broadband providers were awarded over $360 million through RDOF to connect Texas homes and businesses. This is what that means for the state.

Published on: December 14, 2020

Austin, TX (December 14, 2020) – What is the RDOF?RDOF stands for the Rural Digital Opportunity Fund, which the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) created in 2019 to bring high-speed fixed broadband service to rural homes and small businesses where it does not exist. More than $20 billion was put into RDOF and will be awarded to broadband providers through a …

Wham! Connected Nation’s greatest hits of 2020

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By Jessica Denson, Communications DirectorConnected Nation Bowling Green, KY (December 14, 2020) – Every year, during the holidays, my friends circulate this ridiculous challenge — try not to be “Whammed!” Basically, the person who goes the longest without hearing the original version of “Last Christmas” by Wham! wins. We’re not the only ones. The challenge is so popular that it …

POLICY BRIEF: Rural Digital Opportunity Fund Announces Phase 1 winners

Published on: December 11, 2020

This week, the FCC announced the winners of the Rural Digital Opportunity Fund Phase I Auction, where 180 bidders won in 49 states and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands. The funding will serve 5.2 million unserved homes and businesses, with 99.7% of the locations receiving speeds of at least 100/20 Mbps coverage. The FCC also said, in a …

Overcome being overwhelmed: building a path to connectivity in all communities

Published on: December 10, 2020

We know it’s tough right now.   Kids are struggling with internet access for remote learning, adults are having difficulty connecting for telework or telehealth appointments, and businesses need broadband immediately to survive.  It is tough—really tough. But, especially so, for local community leaders who must wear multiple hats and try to solve the connectivity problem for everyone. “Most of …