Michigan schools, nonprofits to receive hotspots and free internet to help more than 4,000 students across the state

Published on: April 5, 2021

AT&T’s K-12 homework gap program is helping students nationwide participate in connected learning Lansing, Michigan (April 5, 2020) – As students and teachers cross the threshold into a full year of remote learning, AT&T and leading nonprofit Connected Nation are continuing to work to put the connectivity solutions vital to education into the hands of those who need it most. …

The pandemic’s impact on health care, broadband access and what it means for the future of telehealth

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The April event is free to the public and will include an opportunity for Q&A with industry insiders and decision makers #CNtelehealth Virtual Event – (April 5, 2021) – The COVID-19 pandemic led to a sudden and unexpected surge in telehealth usage across the country. This forced both patients, providers, and policymakers to rethink when and how to use the …

Connected Nation Texas’ State Program Director testifies before state lawmakers on bill to expand broadband services

Published on: March 24, 2021

State-level broadband best practices identified, shared with state House and Senate members Austin, Texas (March 24, 2021) – State Senators are considering a bipartisan bill “relating to the expansion of broadband services to certain areas.” Senate Bill 5 was joint-authored by Senators Robert Nichols (R-Jacksonville), Kelly Hancock (R-North Richland Hills), Charles Perry (R-Lubbock), and Royce West (D-Dallas). Members of the …

FCC announces new outreach to collect consumer broadband availability experiences

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The following is a press release issued by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) on March 22, 2021 Learn more about the agency’s broadband data collection efforts here. Seeks Input from Consumers to Share Stories About Disparities in Access to Broadband to Inform Broadband Data Collection WASHINGTON, March 22, 2021—The Federal Communications Commission today announced it will begin collecting first-hand accounts …

Michigan community is asking for input on where internet connectivity, speeds need improvement in the county

Published on: March 17, 2021

Make sure your area is part of the plan. Fill out the broadband survey being used to develop internet plans for the entire county Tuscola County, Michigan (March 17, 2021) – The Tuscola County Economic Development Corporation is urging county residents, businesses, and other organizations to participate in an important survey intended to help expand and improve high-speed internet access …

Texas county releases findings and recommendations for improving internet access, speeds

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Interactive map provides residents, businesses, farmers with key data points about broadband access in their area Walker County, Texas (March 17, 2021) – The Walker County Broadband Committee just announced its findings and recommendations for improving broadband (high-speed internet) access and speeds across the county. “I’m very excited to see the process of bringing broadband internet to the rural areas …

POLICY BRIEF: The FCC Releases Report and Order for the Emergency Broadband Benefit Program 

Published on: March 4, 2021

Washington, DC (March 4, 2021) – Last week, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) unanimously voted to adopt a Report and Order that establishes and implements a $3.2 billion federal digital inclusion program that provides qualifying households discounts on their internet service bills and an opportunity to receive a discount on a computer or tablet. The temporary Emergency Broadband Benefit (EBB) …

House members quiz telehealth experts on future of virtual health care in America

Published on: March 3, 2021

“Providers and patients like telehealth, so let’s do our best not to mess this up.” by Jessica Denson, Communications DirectorConnected Nation Washington, D.C. (March 3, 2021) – U.S. Rep. Markwayne Mullin (R-OK), perhaps, understands better than anyone in Congress the positive impact last year’s expansion of telehealth services can have on a family. “Sorry, I’m a little later to the …

The Future of Telehealth: how Covid-19 is changing the delivery of virtual care

Published on: March 2, 2021

House members hear expert testimony, discuss the use of telehealth in America by Jessica Denson, Communications DirectorConnected Nation Washington, DC (March 2, 2021) – Lawmakers today are tackling how best to leverage telehealth as part of America’s health care system post-pandemic. “This is a bipartisan issue,” said U.S. Rep. Anna Eshoo (D-CA). “Expanding telehealth has been a long-standing issue that …

Getting 100% of us connected: A discussion on leveraging the federal Emergency Broadband Benefit Program

Published on: February 17, 2021

Washington D.C. (February 17, 2021) – The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) held a virtual roundtable event on February 12 on the Emergency Broadband Benefit Program (EBBP). Leaders in the technology and telecommunications industry shared ideas on the important public policy and program administration decisions that will affect how the program is implemented. The FCC is overseeing the new $3.2 billion program …