A year of living on the edge: looking over the precipice of the Digital Divide and seeing great change ahead

Published on: December 13, 2022

by Jessica Denson, Communications DirectorConnected Nation Louisville, Ky (December 13, 2022) – It’s been a year of “living on the edge” for millions of Americans trying to bridge the Digital Divide. If you saw the emails I receive weekly, sometimes daily, as the Communications Director for Connected Nation, from moms and dads, teachers, ranchers, rural residents, and others, you’d understand …

Why the FCC’s new National Broadband Map is important to your community

Published on: November 30, 2022

Louisville, Ky. and Nashville, Tenn. (November 30, 2022) – The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) released the updated National Broadband Map on Friday, November 18. This map is critical for determining how much each state receives of federal funding for expanding broadband access to unserved and underserved communities. Tom Ferree, Chairman & CEO, Connected Nation, recently spoke with RFD-TV, a national …

Connected Nation applauds launch of National Broadband Map as a first step toward pinpointing where broadband is lacking

Published on: November 18, 2022

Washington, DC  (November 18, 2022) – Tom Ferree, Chairman & CEO of Connected Nation (CN), issued the following statement regarding today’s launch of the new National Broadband Map by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC): “Today’s launch of the new National Broadband Map marks a significant leap forward in our nation’s efforts to close the Digital Divide once and for all. …

FCC announces nearly $800 million for broadband through the rural digital opportunity fund

Published on: September 1, 2022

The following press release was by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) on Wednesday, August 31 To Date Over $6 Billion Authorized for Broadband Deployment in 47 States WASHINGTON, August 31, 2022—The Federal Communications Commission today announced that it is ready to authorize $791,604,299 through the Rural Digital Opportunity Fund to six providers to fund new broadband deployments to over 350,000 …

AT&T Contributes $6 Million for Digital Literacy Initiatives Nationwide to Help Narrow Digital Divide

Published on: August 16, 2022

More than 400 libraries and community organizations will host in-person digital literacy workshops using online courses developed in collaboration with Public Library Association (PLA) Dallas, Texas (August 16, 2022) – What’s the news? As part of $6 million in contributions, AT&T is bringing bilingual, in-person digital literacy workshops to more than 400 libraries and community centers across the country. These …

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 …

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 …

Rural Digital Opportunity Fund support authorized for 1,345 winning bids

Published on: April 19, 2022

The below public notice was issued by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) on April 15, 2022. Click here to see the full list of winning bids (Attachment A) announced by the FCC. PUBLIC NOTICE FOLLOWS AU Docket No. 20-34 WC Docket No. 19-126 WC Docket No. 10-90 By this Public Notice, the Wireline Competition Bureau (WCB), in conjunction with the …

FCC Announces $313 Million For Broadand Through The Rural Digital Opportunity Fund As Work Continues To Strengthen The Program

Published on: March 28, 2022

The following press release was issued by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) on Friday, March 25 Funding to Support Broadband Deployments to Over 130,000 Locations in 19 States WASHINGTON, March 25, 2022—The Federal Communications Commission today announced that it is ready to authorize more than $313 million through the Rural Digital Opportunity Fund to fund new broadband deployments in 19 …

FCC announces over $1.2 billion for broadband through Rural Digital Opportunity Fund while adding new accountability and transparency measures

Published on: January 31, 2022

The following press release was issued by the Federal Communications Commission on January 28, 2022  New Rural Broadband Accountability Plan Will Increase Audits, Verifications and Transparency WASHINGTON, January 28, 2022—The Federal Communications Commission today announced that it is ready to authorize more than $1.2 billion through the Rural Digital Opportunity Fund to fund new broadband deployments in 32 states.  In …