Measuring Impact of Broadband in 5 Rural MN Communities

Published on: June 7, 2018

Beltrami County, MI. (June 6, 2018) – Access to, and use of, high-speed Internet is critical for today’s communities. Across rural Minnesota are stories of communities putting in the hard work necessary to bring the benefits of broadband home. These stories illustrate the impact that broadband investment can have on a community’s vibrancy. Blandin Foundation commissioned Ann Treacy of Treacy …

Expanding Broadband: Why the Time to Act is Now

Published on: June 6, 2018

Columbus, Ohio (June 6, 2018) – Expanding broadband in Ohio is so important to those living in the Buckeye State that more than 20 people submitted testimony on June 5, 2018 to the Senate Finance Committee in support of Senate Bill 225. The bill seeks to create the Ohio Broadband Grant Program, which would provide funding opportunities for broadband expansion …

What Rural America Needs to Succeed in the Digital Economy

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By Matt Dunne, Center on Rural Innovation. This article was published on June 3, 2018. A seismic shift is happening in rural America. The opioid epidemic is disabling a segment of the workforce, retail jobs are giving way to ecommerce platforms, and college graduates are moving to cities in search of higher pay. But arguably the biggest change is workforce …

Louisville’s Digital Divide Is About More Than Internet Access – Here’s Why

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By Bridgett Weaver, Louisville Business First. This article was published on June 5, 2018 Louisville, KY. – Imagine trying to file your taxes on a smart phone. Or applying for a job on the same small screen. Or fighting off middle schoolers who are playing computer games at the library so you can pay your energy bill. Mika McClaine, senior case …

Broadband Study Says Walton County is Lacking

Published on: May 29, 2018

By Peyton LoCicero, Published: May 24, 2018 Walton County, Fla. – In this day and age, having high speed internet is vital to growing an area and can make it or break it. A recent study done showed, that Walton County is severely lacking to provide residents with the service they need. Whether it is students doing their homework, …

Digital Works Goes Virtual

Published on: May 16, 2018

Virtually Anywhere (May 16, 2018) – Digital Works just took a successful, first step into a new facet of workforce training—going virtual. The program, which was established by Connected Nation to bridge the needs of communities and employers through telework, just completed its first all-virtual class in Kiowa County, Kansas. “This worked so well in Kansas because there was a …

Rural service lags as broadband sprints ahead in Texas

Published on: May 3, 2018

Waco, TX. (May 3, 2018) – “[FCC] maps are based on self-reported data, and only have to show that they serve one customer in a Census block,” said CN’s Chris Pedersen. That’s a big issue in states like Texas where census blocks can be bigger than the state of Rhode Island. Read more here.  

Connected Nation Ranked Among Top Ten Best Places to Work in Kentucky

Published on: April 18, 2018

Bowling Green, Ky. (April 18, 2018) – Connected Nation, Inc. has been named among the Best Places to Work in Kentucky. This is the 7th year that the nonprofit has received the distinction. “It is a great honor to be recognized again as a ‘Best Place to Work,’” said Tom Ferree, Chairman and CEO of Connected Nation. “Connected Nation is …

Iowa Ranked No. 1 in Infrastructure and Ultra-Fast Internet

Published on: April 5, 2018

  Iowa City, IA. (February 27, 2018) – Iowa may be better known for its corn, caucuses, and creative writing programs, but the Hawkeye state also leads the nation in efforts to bring ultra-fast internet access to every city block and every rural acre. Iowa’s No. 1 rankings in the infrastructure category and the broadband access metric within that came as …