FCC LAUNCHES AFFORDABLE CONNECTIVITY PROGRAM

Published on: January 3, 2022

The following press release was issued by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) on Friday, December 31 Emergency Broadband Benefit Program Transitions to New Affordable Connectivity Program WASHINGTON, December 31, 2021—In accordance with Congressional directives in the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, the Federal Communications Commission today officially launched the Affordable Connectivity Program, the $14.2 billion successor program to the Emergency …

Department of Commerce’s NTIA Publishes First ACCESS BROADBAND Report

Published on: December 27, 2021

The following press release was issued by the NTIA on Thursday, December 23 News Media Contact: NTIA, Office of Public Affairs, (202) 482-7002, press@ntia.gov WASHINGTON – The Department of Commerce’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) recently released the first ACCESS BROADBAND Report, which highlights the accomplishments of NTIA’s recently established Office of Internet Connectivity and Growth (OICG) over the past year. …

Weather, terrain, national parks: Silver Star Internet tackles some of the most challenging areas to connect in the country

Published on: December 20, 2021

“It’s not for the faint of heart.” Freedom, Wyoming (December 20, 2021) – Silver Star Internet is no stranger to challenge — local residents had to build it from the ground up.  “The company was a rural telco started by farmers and ranchers in the area back in 1912,” said Paul Petersen, COO. “They named it Silver Star Telephone Co.” …

Bringing health care home: what we can learn from telehealth trends in rural Michigan

Published on: December 16, 2021

Comparing 2019 to 2021 data provides new insights into patient perceptions and use of telemedicine Lansing, Michigan (December 16, 2021) – Connected Nation (CN), through the work of its state program, Connected Nation Michigan (CN Michigan), today released a follow-up to its groundbreaking 2020 study on telehealth use and perceptions. “Bringing Health Care Home: Telehealth Trends in Rural Michigan” provides …

Connected Nation names four honorees to share the 2021 National Broadband Visionary Award

Published on: December 13, 2021

Bowling Green, Kentucky (December 13, 2021) – Connected Nation (CN) is honoring four organizations with the 2021 Broadband Visionary Award — KGW-TV in Portland, Oregon; Fort Bend Independent School District in Sugar Land, Texas; and, jointly, RFD-TV and the American Farm Bureau Federation in Washington, D.C. This prestigious national award recognizes those who demonstrate exceptional and innovative leadership in the …

AT&T and Connected Nation provide free hotspots, internet service to help vulnerable students across Hawai‘i

Published on: December 9, 2021

Six nonprofits and one school to benefit, connecting more than 1,000 students locally Honolulu, Hawai‘i (December 9, 2021) – As part of AT&T’s commitment to bridge the Digital Divide and narrow the homework gap, Connected Nation (CN) is working with AT&T to deliver 1,060 free mobile hotspots and 14 months of free AT&T wireless internet service to vulnerable students across …

Connected Nation congratulates Jessica Rosenworcel on her Senate confirmation as permanent FCC Chair

Published on: December 8, 2021

Washington, DC (December 8, 2021) – Tom Ferree, Chairman & CEO of Connected Nation, issued the following statement congratulating Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel on her confirmation by the United States Senate:  “Yesterday marked a significant milestone in our nation’s tech and telecom policy history with the Senate confirmation of Jessica Rosenworcel to a new term, which will …

USDA begins accepting applications for $1.15 billion in loans and grants to help people living in rural communities get access to high-speed internet

Published on: November 24, 2021

Includes up to $350 million for grants in Tribal and socially vulnerable communities The following was issued by the USDA on November 24, 2021 WASHINGTON, Nov. 24, 2021 – U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced the Department has begun accepting applications for up to $1.15 billion in loans and grants to help people in rural areas get …

20 years of connecting the nation: a national conversation on the Digital Divide

Published on: September 21, 2021

Bowling Green, Ky. (September 21, 2021) – Connected Nation (CN) is marking 20 years of service in 2021 by hosting a one-of-a-kind, live event that will air nationally from three US cities on Wednesday, November 17 from 11am to 3pm (eastern). Registration for the live event is free at cn20.org. “We have been focused on closing the Digital Divide for …

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 …