What state leaders must do to access billions of dollars in broadband funding for rural communities

Published on: June 8, 2022

Lexington, Ky. and Nashville, Tenn. (June 8, 2022) – The pandemic raised awareness about the millions of Americans still without adequate access to broadband (high-speed internet). As a result, federal lawmakers approved an unprecedented amount of funding to expand the nation’s current internet infrastructure particularly in rural areas. Brent Legg, who serves as the Vice President of Government Affairs for …

Statement from Connected Nation Chairman and CEO Thomas W. Ferree on the Biden Administration’s Efforts to Reduce Broadband Costs

Published on: May 11, 2022

Washington, DC. (May 9, 2022) – Thomas W. Ferree, Chairman & CEO of Connected Nation, released the following statement regarding the Biden Administration’s announcement today regarding their efforts to make broadband more affordable for millions of Americans: “Today, President Biden and Vice President Harris announced commitments from the nation’s 20 leading service providers to make high-speed, high-quality internet plans available for …

States will have to lead when it comes to BEAD: here’s how to make the most of billions in new federal funding

Published on: March 22, 2022

The time is NOW to prepare for Broadband Equity, Access, and Deployment (BEAD) funding Washington, D.C. (March 22, 2022) – States, get ready! The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) gives you the best opportunity ever to close the Digital Divide, but it will present many challenges. What state leaders do today and in the months ahead could impact the …

Connected Nation CEO Tom Ferree responds to President Joe Biden’s first State of the Union Address

Published on: March 2, 2022

Washington, DC (March 1, 2022) – Tom Ferree, Chairman & CEO, Connected Nation, issued the following statement in response to President Joe Biden’s first State of the Union Address: “Tonight, President Biden outlined his administration’s ambitious goal to make broadband access available and affordable to every home in America.  For more than two decades, our organization has been singularly focused on …

How NTIA can best leverage its infrastructure bill programs to close the Digital Divide

Published on: February 9, 2022

Connected Nation makes recommendations to NTIA to maximize unprecedented federal investment in broadband expansion Washington, DC (February 9, 2022) – With the passage of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA)—also known as the “Infrastructure Bill”—last  November, Congress charged the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) with playing the leading role in closing America’s “Digital Divide” through partnerships with the …

Department of Commerce’s NTIA Publishes First ACCESS BROADBAND Report

Published on: December 27, 2021

The following press release was issued by the NTIA on Thursday, December 23 News Media Contact: NTIA, Office of Public Affairs, (202) 482-7002, press@ntia.gov WASHINGTON – The Department of Commerce’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) recently released the first ACCESS BROADBAND Report, which highlights the accomplishments of NTIA’s recently established Office of Internet Connectivity and Growth (OICG) over the past year. …

FCC Commits Nearly $603M in Additional Emergency Connectivity Funding

Published on: December 21, 2021

The following press release was published by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) on Monday, December 20, 2021. Latest Wave Provides Support to Applications From Both Funding Windows WASHINGTON, December 20, 2021 — The Federal Communications Commission today announced that it is committing $602,985,895.13 in its latest wave of Emergency Connectivity Fund program support, which will connect over 1.4 million students …

USDA Invests $5.2 Billion to Build and Improve Critical Rural Infrastructure in 46 States and Puerto Rico

Published on: December 16, 2021

The following press release was published by the USDA: Funding Will Expand Access to High-Speed Internet, Clean Water and Dependable Electric Power in People’s Homes and Businesses in Rural America WASHINGTON, Dec. 16, 2021 – U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced that USDA is investing $5.2 billion to build and improve critical rural infrastructure in 46 states and …

USDA begins accepting applications for $1.15 billion in loans and grants to help people living in rural communities get access to high-speed internet

Published on: November 24, 2021

Includes up to $350 million for grants in Tribal and socially vulnerable communities The following was issued by the USDA on November 24, 2021 WASHINGTON, Nov. 24, 2021 – U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced the Department has begun accepting applications for up to $1.15 billion in loans and grants to help people in rural areas get …

Statement from Tom Ferree, Chairman & CEO of Connected Nation, Applauding the Passage of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act

Published on: November 8, 2021

Washington, DC (November 8, 2021)—Connected Nation Chairman & CEO Tom Ferree issued the following statement applauding the passage of HR 3684, the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, late Friday: “This month, as we celebrate 20 years as an organization working in the trenches to close the digital divide across America, it is tremendously exciting to see the passage of the …