VIDEO: CONNECTED: EMPOWERING COMMUNITIES THROUGH DIGITAL INCLUSION

Published on: May 23, 2018

(May 23, 2018) – Digital Inclusion is a way for people to improve their quality of life through technology, which will help community and economic development. Eric Frederick, Connected Nation’s VP of Community Affairs, was invited to speak with RFD-TV about the Connected Community Engagement Program, as part of Digital Inclusion Week, which took place May 7-11, 2018. “The Connected …

VIDEO: DIGITAL WORKS: A BETTER APPROACH TO WORKFORCE, ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

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(May 23, 2018) – Digital Works is a workforce and economic development planning program of Connected Nation (CN). Stu Johnson, VP of Digital Works, explains to RFD-TV the importance of Digital Inclusion in rural areas – and how it can help provide jobs. “Telework, remote work, and free-lance solo work are the fastest growing segment of the work force” said …

VIDEO: WHY BETTER MAPPING MATTERS TO DIGITAL INCLUSION

Published on: May 16, 2018

(May 16, 2018) – “In order to efficiently expand broadband access to impact digital inclusion, it’s essential that more accurate and granular broadband data be available to assist communities that are lacking service” said Ashley Hitt, GIS Director of Connected Nation, recently during an interview with RFD-TV. Hitt was invited to speak about Connected Nation’s (CN) GIS mapping, specifically in …

Digital Works Goes Virtual

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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 …

VIDEO: Connecting Rural America to Broadband

Published on: May 15, 2018

(May 15, 2018) – “Having internet access right now is no longer a luxury or an amenity. It’s fundamental to economic development, innovation, and basically all quality measures of American life,” said Tom Ferree, Chairman & CEO of Connected Nation, recently during an interview with RFD-TV. The broadcast group focuses on issues important to rural America, and few things can …

Digital Exclusion is What’s Really Happening, Here’s How We Can Fix It

Published on: May 11, 2018

Digital Inclusion Week is a time to examine the perils of digital “exclusion.” What does it mean for everyone from children to small, rural business owners to be excluded from this digital world? (May 11, 2018) – As we wrap up the official Digital Inclusion Week (May 7-11), it’s a great time to celebrate our successes as nonprofits dedicated to …

Digital Inclusion Week: Lack of Access, Digital Literacy is Hurting Families

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(May 11, 2018) – The future looks brighter for those with the right digital skills. Digital inclusion means going beyond getting a computer, or connecting to the internet, or posting photos on Snapchat. It means learning how to use technology in innovative ways that employers need. Those who possess those skills will be a step ahead of those who do …

What It’s Like to Live on the Wrong Side of the Digital Divide

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The following was written by Mark McElroy, who serves on the Board of Directors for Connected Nation, as part of National Digital Inclusion Week (May 7-11). To request an interview with Mr. McElroy or if you have questions please contact us at [email protected] (May 11, 2018) – I live on the wrong side of the Digital Divide –that part of the …

Named the Top State in America, How Iowa Can Keep the Honor

Published on: May 10, 2018

(May 10, 2018) – Iowa’s Governor, Kim Reynolds, announced in her Condition of the State address earlier this year, an initiative to promote, invest and connect rural Iowa by expanding broadband capabilities in every corner of the state. That was a welcome statement considering that Iowa was recently announced as the best state in the nation, partially due to bringing …

34 Million Americans Are Without Broadband Access: Can We Connect Them?

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The below was first published on connectmycommunity.org in November 2017. It was republished here on May 10, 2018.  Because of my mother’s health, I will become her caregiver. Having high-speed internet will allow me to work from home. Lack of high-speed internet in our area poses a significant and growing hurdle to our ability to do business and maximize my …