Policy Brief: FCC Announces Special E-rate Filing Window for School District Bandwidth Upgrades 

Published on: September 25, 2020

On September 16, acknowledging the disruptions caused by COVID-19 and the new reliance on remote learning by school districts, the FCC directed the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) to open a second E-rate filing window for Funding Year 2020 (FY2020). The window opened Monday, September 21 and will close on Friday, October 16 at 11:59 p.m. EDT. This new window …

New Census Data Shows Broadband Adoption Rates Inching Up, Mobile Connectivity Growing in Importance

Published on: September 24, 2020

Bowling Green, Ky (September 24, 2020) – New data from the United States Census Bureau reveal higher broadband adoption rates in 2019 than in the prior year — an ongoing trend in the United States. And just last week, the Census Bureau released the first round of its data from the American Community Survey (ACS), which includes broadband adoption data. …

What a Texas School District Can Teach the Nation About Connecting and Educating a Generation of Kids

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“Internet access is no longer a luxury. It’s something that every kid should be provided with.”       By Jessica Denson, Communications DirectorConnected Nation Lockhart, TX (September 24, 2020) – Mark Estrada, superintendent of Lockhart Independent School District, says the first day of in-person classes went pretty well considering the COVID-19 pandemic — with about 45 percent of students inside the …

New Partnership to Bring Better Broadband to Lake Cities

Published on: September 22, 2020

Denton County, TX (September 22, 2020) – The Lake Cities Broadband Committee, in partnership with Connected Nation Texas (CN Texas), launched a new effort today to improve broadband (high-speed internet) access for families, businesses, and communities across Denton County, Texas.  “Internet connection is no longer a luxury but a necessity, especially for people living in Denton County,” said Michael Barnhart, City …

Connected Nation Promotes Staff, Aligns Organization for Continued Growth Amidst National Focus on Closing Digital Divide

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Bowling Green, Ky. (September 22, 2020) – Connected Nation (CN), a national nonprofit working to close the Digital Divide, is taking action to more effectively respond to the need for digital equity across the country by promoting and empowering key personnel. “Today we celebrate four accomplished Connected Nation veterans—not only for their contributions to our organization but also in their …

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. …

Healthcare From Anywhere: The FCC’s Impact on Telehealth Innovations and Programs

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Lansing, MI. (September 15, 2020) – Connected Nation (CN), through its state program Connected Nation Michigan (CN Michigan), is hosting a series of FREE webinars focused on telehealth usage and advances for patients and doctors and how the technology is impacting the healthcare industry as a whole.  Join CN Michigan on Tuesday, September 22 at 10am (CT)/11am (ET) for a discussion with …

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 …

Connected Nation Named Among the Top Five Best Places to Work in Kentucky

Published on: September 9, 2020

Bowling Green, Ky. (September 9, 2020) – Connected Nation (CN) was just named among the top five Best Places to Work in the small business category by the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce, the Kentucky Society for Human Resource Management (KYSHRM) and ClearPath Mutual Insurance Company. This is the ninth time the Kentucky-based, national nonprofit has been honored among the best places to work in the state, …