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 …

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

Published on: June 8, 2021

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 …

State and local leaders just got more than $350 billion in federal funding. This is how it can help veterans, military spouses

Published on: June 7, 2021

Fort Campbell and Louisville, Kentucky (June 7, 2021) – Our nation’s leaders have an unprecedented opportunity to help veterans and military spouses in their states, counties and cities, but only if they act now. The Coronavirus State and Local Recovery Funds recently allocated $350 billion across states, territories and tribal governments to be used for COVID-related economic recovery activities. Before …

Texas should adopt a statewide comprehensive approach to tackling the Digital Divide

Published on: May 6, 2021

By Heather Gate, Vice President, Digital InclusionConnected Nation and CN Texas For most Texans, life without internet access is unimaginable. The internet has become embedded in every aspect of our daily lives—from streaming movies, working, running small businesses, attending virtual classrooms, and taking part in telehealth visits. It has become impossible to efficiently access economic opportunity and basic resources without …

Deadline extended as Texas Education Agency seeks multiple Internet Service Providers for Connect Texas Program

Published on: April 27, 2021

Austin, Texas (April 27, 2021) – The Region 4 Education Service Center (ESC) has extended the deadline for RFPs on behalf of the Texas Education Agency’s (TEA) Connect Texas Program.  The deadline has moved to Tuesday, May 18 to allow an additional two weeks for Internet Service Providers to submit their proposals for the project. “We are excited to see …

Texas school districts, nonprofits to receive hotspots, free internet to help more than 1,800 students across the state

Published on: April 12, 2021

AT&T’s K-12 homework gap program is helping students nationwide participate in connected learning Austin, Texas (April 12, 2021) – As students and teachers cross the threshold into a full year of remote learning, AT&T and leading nonprofit Connected Nation are continuing to work to put the connectivity solutions vital to education into the hands of those who need it most. …

Don’t get mad about bad internet access in your community, get even.

Published on: April 7, 2021

If you’re a leader in your community, you’ve probably heard it all when it comes to internet problems. “My internet is too slow.” “Why do I only have one choice of internet providers.” “I’m tired of going to the fast-food place to help my kids do homework.” “Can you play this cat video for me?” Okay, that last one was …

House members quiz telehealth experts on future of virtual health care in America

Published on: March 3, 2021

“Providers and patients like telehealth, so let’s do our best not to mess this up.” by Jessica Denson, Communications DirectorConnected Nation Washington, D.C. (March 3, 2021) – U.S. Rep. Markwayne Mullin (R-OK), perhaps, understands better than anyone in Congress the positive impact last year’s expansion of telehealth services can have on a family. “Sorry, I’m a little later to the …

Washington achieves significant improvements to school connectivity, surpasses national average for student bandwidth

Published on: February 12, 2021

Olympia, Washington (February 12, 2021) – Washington state and school district leaders have made huge strides in their efforts to improve school connectivity across the state, according to data published by nonprofit Connected Nation through its Connect K-12 program website. “Access to high-speed internet is essential to preparing our students to compete in today’s workforce — and basic connectivity is …