2022 trends in remote employment

Published on: August 24, 2022

Fort Campbell, Kentucky (August 24, 2022) — The Fort Campbell Digital Works team has a rare view into the world of remote employment because of the career readiness support that is included in the program. During training, each learner gains or refreshes their skills, including customer service, verbal and written communication, basic technical competencies, and the unique experience of searching …

The path forward: How telehealth continues to provide care for underserved Americans

Published on: August 23, 2022

Nashville, Tennessee (August 23, 2022) — When COVID-19 hit just two years ago, U.S. health care systems were in for a huge adaptation period. Because of health risks and restrictions, many people could not visit their primary health care physicians in person — their only option was to meet with them virtually via telehealth. In the recent study The Roadmap to …

An intern’s experience with remote work emphasizes the need for better broadband

Published on: August 16, 2022

Lexington, Kentucky (August 16, 2022) — I am an upcoming junior at the University of Dayton. This summer, I had a part-time internship in the Communications Department here at Connected Nation that was entirely remote. This was my first remote-work experience, and I found it wonderful!  My experiences during the pandemic made the transition to teleworking much easier, as I …

Billions in broadband funding: Who decides where it goes and why some states are preparing to challenge those decisions

Published on: August 15, 2022

Nashville, Tenn. (August 15, 2022) – Billions of dollars in funding for expanding access to broadband (high-speed internet) is now available to states. RFD-TV, a broadcast group that focuses on rural affairs issues across the country, asked Connected Nation (CN) to explain what state and community leaders need to know and do about accessing those funds to help unserved or …

Connected Nation Honors Agriculture Producers During National Farmers Market Week

Published on: August 9, 2022

Bowling Green, Kentucky (August 9, 2022) –  August 7 to 13 marks National Farmers Market Week. In our 21-plus years of operation, Connected Nation has seen time and again how high-speed internet can impact the rural communities that help keep local farm vendors afloat. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), there are more than 8,000 farmers’ markets across …

Cyber Seniors is Connecting the Older Generation with More than Just Technology

Published on: August 4, 2022

Lexington, Kentucky (August 4, 2022) — With the internet continuously growing, it is more important than ever to have access to the tools it has to offer. This means making connectivity for all a big priority, including for those age 55 and older. Though they didn’t grow up with it, seniors are purchasing tech products at an increasing rate. According …

How this town in Michigan has earned the title of ‘Comeback Kid’

Published on: August 3, 2022

Lake County, MI (August 3, 2022) – A digital desert is an area without any internet service providers (ISPs)*. Lake County, Michigan — a serene town surrounded by nature and home to about 12,000 residents — was on the cusp of being qualified as a digital desert. Without broadband (high-speed internet), Lake County struggled with maintaining its place in an …

10 tips for state broadband offices about BEAD planning budgets

Published on: August 2, 2022

Louisville, Kentucky (August 2, 2022) – States recently passed two Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) milestones by submitting letters of intent to participate in the Digital Equity Act (DEA) and Broadband Equity, Access, & Deployment (or BEAD) programs. Deadlines were July 12 and 18, respectively. The next milestone, which is coming up on August 15, is for states to …

Lockdown is over, but the need for better broadband in schools persists

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Bowling Green, KY (August 2, 2022) — In spring 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic put a wrench in all things familiar in our lives. The world came to a complete halt as each one of us retreated to our homes to ensure the safety of our communities. The two worlds of COVID became very poignant — the effects of the pandemic …

New study shows where America’s K-12 students are not getting the same access to education

Published on: July 28, 2022

Waukesha, Wisconsin (July 28, 2022) — In July 2022, the Consortium for School Network (CoSN) released the results of its Home Connectivity Study. This study analyzes internet connectivity and speeds among K-12 students in seven school districts across the country.  In it, researchers focused on where students completed their schoolwork, disparities between internet connectivity and speed at school vs. outside …