LT. GOVERNOR HUSTED ANNOUNCES NEXT STEPS TO EXPAND BROADBAND

Published on: September 15, 2020

The following article was published by the Ohio LT. Governors office on September 15, 2020. Broadband Connectivity Grant The K-12 Broadband Connectivity Grant was created to allocate CARES Act funding to help students gain internet access.  Lt. Governor Husted recently announced that over 900 grant requests were approved. More than 121,000 students are expected to gain high speed internet devices in …

Cornyn: To continue essential education, we must bridge the digital divide

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The following article was published on September 15, 2020, by Stephenville Empire Tribune. Temperature checks in the drop-off lane. Tape cordoning off every other desk. Teachers trying to learn new students’ names through facemasks and six feet of distance. A grid of classmates participating virtually on a projector screen. The school year just started, and already it’s unlike any other. …

Texas Works to Bridge Digital Divide as Students Return to Virtual Learning

Published on: September 14, 2020

The following was published by Spectrum News on September 11, 2020. TEXAS — While many Texas students have returned to school in person, some of the state’s largest school districts are still holding classes online.  While it may protect students and staff from COVID-19, the virtual model does not work for all families. What You Need To Know 17% of …

How to “Pandemic Proof” the National Labor Force

Published on: September 3, 2020

Bowling Green, Ky. (September 3, 2020) – Congress, through the HEALS Act, is debating how to provide additional relief for Americans hit hard by the coronavirus shutdowns. We’ve all watched as things have seemed to move forward only to stall again. Responding to the overwhelming need of the American worker and American business right now is a tall order. The …

The USDA Invests $46 Million in Rural Community Facilities in 16 States

Published on: August 31, 2020

New Schools, Health Clinics and Public Safety Equipment Will Benefit 363,000 People WASHINGTON, Aug. 24, 2020 – The Trump Administration today announced that the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) is investing $46 million to improve critical community facilities to benefit 363,000 rural residents (PDF, 169 KB) in 16 states. “Rural America relies on safe, modern community facilities to ensure access to essential …

Kansas grants ‘once-in-a-lifetime’ chance to boost broadband — if applicants win race against time

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The following was published by the Kansan on August 30, 2020 Most rural hospitals have fallen on hard times — but not in Atchison. Atchison General Hospital has seen a growth in the number of patients it served in recent years, and the hospital has even been planning to grow, buying the assets of a shuttered facility in Horton. But …

New Study Takes Look at County Internet Connection

Published on: August 27, 2020

The following story was published by The Teague Chronicle on August 27, 2020. With a number of students across Freestone County choosing to learn remotely in the 2020-21 school year, the need for functioning technology and connectivity becomes more important than ever. The county’s internet service speeds are at the forefront for those students learning from home, as well as …

Broadband Survey a Step Toward Connecting All Texans

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The following was published by the DailyTrib.com on August 25, 2020 Amid a pandemic, high-speed internet at home has become a necessity for work and school, but many Burnet County residents still lack access. A simple, 10-minute survey could help connect every household. Connected Nation Texas, an independent organization committed to ensuring every Texan has broadband internet access, is surveying …

Panelists Discussed Innovations in Patient Telehealth Use During Connected Nation Webinar in Michigan

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The following was published by BroadbandBreakfast on August 26, 2020. “The telehealth industry has experienced a five-year shift in six months,” said Nick Sarantis, system director of digital health at Baptist Health System, during a Connected Nation Michigan sponsored webinar on Tuesday. The virtual discussion featured a panel of experts from Michigan State University and Baptist Health who spoke on the past, …

Rep. Ashby’s Hope: “All Texans will have equal access to high-speed internet, regardless of their zip code.”

Published on: August 19, 2020

Connected Nation Texas recently asked Rep. Trent Ashby (R-Dist. 57) and other lawmakers to share their thoughts on why expanding high-speed internet to more Texas homes, businesses, and communities is important and explain what action is taking place at the state level to improve connectivity. Rep. Ashby shared the following in response to our questions: Why do you believe it’s …