Bennet, King, Portman, Manchin Urge Biden Administration to Create Modern, Unified Federal Broadband Standard

Published on: March 5, 2021

In Bipartisan Letter, Senators Call on Administration to Learn from Pandemic and Establish Consistent, 21st Century Definition of High-Speed Broadband  Washington D.C. – Today, U.S. Senators Michael Bennet (D-Colo.), Angus King (I-Maine), Rob Portman (R-Ohio), and Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) wrote to the Biden Administration urging it to update federal standards for high-speed broadband to reflect modern uses and align those standards across …

Help is on the way for more than 300 Greenup County School District students left out of remote learning

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Record failure rates attributed to lack of internet access and student engagement during pandemic closures Greenup, Kentucky (March 5, 2021) – When the pandemic forced the Greenup County School District to shut down, faculty and staff struggled to reach their students. “Much of our population is rural, and there are high poverty levels across the county with approximately 62% of …

Connected Nation honored among the Best Places to Work in Kentucky for the 10th time

Published on: March 4, 2021

Bowling Green, Ky. (March 4, 2021) – The Kentucky Chamber of Commerce has once again named Connected Nation (CN) one of the Best Places to Work. This is the 10th time the Kentucky-based, national nonprofit has been given the distinction. “This year, Connected Nation is celebrating 20 years of service,” said Tom Ferree, Chairman & CEO, CN. “As we mark …

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

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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) …

Pushing through barriers: What value women bring to the job market

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Bowling Green, KY (March 4, 2021) – Really, the question is: When it comes to re-entering the “paying” workforce, why do we devalue a woman’s worth because her labor experience looks different than a Monday-through-Friday job? There are numerous reasons for re-entering the workforce, but should the reasons matter? Women who have a lifetime of experience in many different arenas …

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 …

Survey begins to expand internet access, broadband speed across Tri-County area

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Your input needed to develop Technology Action Plan Marfa, Texas (March 2, 2021) – With the assistance of the Rio Grande Council of Governments (COG), the Tri-County Broadband Alliance has been formed to launch a new initiative to help expand and improve high-speed internet access for all residents of Brewster, Jeff Davis, and Presidio counties, including businesses, schools, healthcare facilities, and community organizations. “I believe broadband …

FCC ADOPTS REPORT AND ORDER TO IMPLEMENT EMERGENCY BROADBAND BENEFIT PROGRAM

Published on: February 26, 2021

The following press release was issued by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) on February 25, 2021. Editor’s note: You can find a link to the report and order by clicking here. Unanimous Vote Establishes Federally Funded Broadband Discount Program to Help Households Afford Internet Service During the Pandemic; FCC Intends to Open Program to Eligible Households within 60 Days As …

124 schools, nonprofits will receive 35,000 hotspots through K-12 homework gap program

Published on: February 24, 2021

AT&T’s $10 million commitment to the program is helping the nation’s most vulnerable students participate in connected learning Bowling Green, Ky. (February 24, 2020) – Connected Nation (CN) and AT&T announced this week that the awardees for the AT&T K-12 homework gap program had been named. The list includes 124 schools and nonprofits spanning 26 states nationwide. “Many of the …