Why rural internet programs bring new opportunities for remote workers and businesses

Published on: September 17, 2018

(September 14, 2018) – Microsoft and Network Business Systems plan to bring broadband internet to rural areas of Illinois, Iowa, and South Dakota. On Thursday, Microsoft and Network Business Systems announced plans to bring broadband internet access to rural communities in Illinois, Iowa, and South Dakota, bringing connectivity to approximately 126,700 unserved people, according to a press release. This connectivity …

NRECA Estimates Economic Impact of Lack of Broadband: 68.2 Billion Annually in Member Areas

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(September 12, 2018) – Lack of broadband is costly, according to a new study from the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA). The study looked at the economic impact of lack of broadband in rural areas served by NRECA members. The study estimated that 6.3 million electric co-op households lack broadband because of the high cost of providing service in …

BRIDGING THE DIGITAL DIVIDE: Creating an Even Playing Field in an Era of Digital Education

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(September 15, 2018) – As students start heading back to classrooms across the country, instead of pencils and paper, many children rely on laptops and the internet to do their work. According to a recent study, 96.5% of students need internet access to do their homework. That makes home internet access a vital tool for completing homework, staying in touch …

New Digital Job Training Available Near Fort Knox

Published on: September 5, 2018

by Makayla Ballman, WAVE 3 News Elizabethtown, Ky. (September 4, 2018) – A new pilot program has launched near Ft. Knox to help military spouses and veterans fill remote and telework positions. Connected Nation just launched its Digital Works program, a one-of-a-kind job-creation program developed specifically to meet the growing demand for online and digitally trained workers, thus offering a …

New Job Training Program Helps Military Spouses, Veterans

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by Katherine Knott, The News-Enterprise Elizabethtown, Ky. (September 4, 2018) – Norvinnia McLaurine left the U.S. Army after 21 years of service in April. Since then, he’s struggled to find work. McLaurine, who was a warrant officer, said he found it difficult to translate his military skills to the civilian workforce. He’s also raising his 19-year-old son who has autism, so …

Digital Works Program Aims to Help Fort Knox Military Spouses Work from Home

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by Gilbert Corsey, WDRB News Elizabethtown, Ky. (September 4, 2018) – The military life rarely gives families the opportunity to settle down and put down roots. In many cases, families are bounced from base-to-base and post-to-post. No one knows that better than Adriana Honsinger. Alongside her husband, Master Sgt.Paul Honsinger Jr., she has spent years of her life living in …

State Issues Plan for Taking High-Speed Internet to (Nearly) Every Household

Published on: August 29, 2018

Lansing, MI. (August 27, 2018) – A subsidiary of nonprofit Connected Nation has promised to bring high-speed internet to every user in Michigan, with the help of the state’s governor, Rick Snyder. Connect Michigan has been promoting the idea of ubiquitous access and adoption of broadband for eight years. The current goal, shared in a recent report by the Michigan …

USDA Launches Webpage Highlighting Resources to Help Rural Communities Bridge the Broadband e-Connectivity Infrastructure Gap

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WASHINGTON, Aug. 29, 2018 – U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today unveiled a new webpage featuring information about the importance of rural e-Connectivity and the ways the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is investing to help deploy high-speed broadband infrastructure in rural America. “Rural high-speed broadband e-Connectivity is as important for economic development as rail, roads, bridges and airports …

Michigan Governor Unveils Plan to Bring Broadband to Every Corner of the State

Published on: August 15, 2018

Escanaba, Mich. (August 15, 2018) – Connect Michigan, a subsidiary of the nonprofit Connected Nation, worked with Governor Rick Snyder, his staff, and state technology and business leaders to develop a plan to provide universal access to high-speed internet for every Michigan resident, business, region, and community. That plan was unveiled today during an event at Escanaba High School. “As …

Agile Networks, Microsoft Working to Bring Broadband to More Rural Ohioans

Published on: August 8, 2018

By Tim Feran, The Columbus Dispatch Columbus, OH. (August 8, 2018) – A new effort is underway to bring the internet to thousands of people in rural Ohio who lack access. Microsoft and Agile Networks have announced a new agreement to extend broadband access over the next four years to 110,000 unserved people in rural Ohio. The agreement helps to address …