Bills signed by Gov. Abbott provide new approach to closing the Digital Divide across Texas

Published on: June 22, 2021

An estimated 877,000 Texans do not have access to broadband at home Austin, Texas (June 22, 2021) – Gov. Greg Abbott last week signed HB 5 and SB 507, along with several other broadband-related bills. Each measure establishes new approaches to expanding broadband (high-speed internet) access, adoption, and use across Texas. “Each piece of legislation tackles the need for better …

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

Published on: June 21, 2021

The national nonprofit was ranked in the top 10 for small-sized employer Bowling Green, Ky. (June 21, 2021) – The Kentucky Chamber of Commerce has once again named Connected Nation (CN) one of the Best Places to Work—awarding the organization with a 6th place ranking in the small-sized employer category. This is the 10th time the Kentucky-based, national nonprofit has …

San Augustine resolves to become “Broadband City”

Published on: June 17, 2021

San Augustine, Texas (June 17, 2021) – The San Augustine City Council recently learned the findings of a city and countywide broadband survey. As a result, the Council passed a resolution to become a Broadband City. Connected Nation Texas (CN Texas), through its Connected Community Engagement Program, provided guidance and research for the surveys—which sought input on internet access from …

The tech problem that’s keeping teachers up at night and what’s being done about it

Published on: June 15, 2021

“Many of my students could not compete. They weren’t even in the race.”  Baton Rouge, Louisiana (June 15, 2021) – Cecile Morgan teaches math at Cristo Rey Baton Rouge Franciscan High School in Louisiana. She, like thousands of teachers across the US, faced some unexpected challenges in 2020 as everyone was sent home. “We were not only teaching online but …

The Digital Equity Act is bipartisan, actionable, and can help close the Digital Divide for the most vulnerable Americans

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Bowling Green, Ky. (June 15, 2021) – Connected Nation applauds the hard work of Senators Patty Murray (D-WA), Rob Portman (R-OH), and Angus King (I-ME) to bring forth the Digital Equity Act which is squarely focused on expanding digital inclusion across the US. “Connected Nation is endorsing this Act because it seeks to help our nation’s most vulnerable populations finally …

New Deloitte Study Explores the Economic Impacts of Broadband

Published on: June 10, 2021

Bowling Green, KY (June 10, 2021) – In April, professional services firm Deloitte released a study on how the Digital Divide has affected economic growth. This study is certainly timely, if not long overdue, as many Americans have been working remotely for over a year now due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  According to the study, $107.5 billion have been invested …

Connecting Michigan Communities: What Should Communities Be Doing Now?

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Bowling Green, KY (June 10, 2021) – Access to broadband (high-speed internet) is more important now than ever, especially in Michigan. That’s why Connected Nation Michigan (CN Michigan) is hosting a series of webinars called “Connecting Michigan Communities” to highlight critical broadband needs and technology-related topics.  The CN Michigan team held their twelfth webinar on Tuesday, June 8th at 11:00am …

Mapping Michigan’s Digital Divide: Students research Internet access and need in rural Michigan

Published on: June 9, 2021

Ann Arbor, MI (June 9, 2021) – For the last several years, broadband access in rural areas has become a growing problem. It has been brought to the attention of many national organizations and to our state and federal governments. But how do you solve an issue of this size? You can start by raising awareness and educating the general …

The growth of new technology and its impact on today’s society

Published on: June 8, 2021

Bowling Green, KY (June 8, 2021) – The final blog in this series looks at 2017 to the present. Although much progress has been made, we are still talking about a digital gap, and rural America is still trying to catch up. As of 2018, there were 3.9 billion internet users worldwide, but in 2020, 19 million Americans still lacked …

Connected Nation honored for online resource hub in response to the coronavirus crisis

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Bowling Green, Ky. (June 8, 2021) – Connected Nation (CN) is being honored by PR News for its Digital Newsroom “Responding to the Coronavirus Crisis.” This online newsroom provided immediate and critical resources for individuals and families as well as local and state leaders in response to the need for better internet access during the pandemic. “Connected Nation has worked …