$91 Million in USDA Rural Broadband Funding Awarded in 12 States

Published on: November 14, 2018

By: Carl Weinschenk, The Telecompetitor (November 13, 2018) – The U.S. Department of Agriculture is investing $91 million in e-Connectivity initiatives in 12 states. The USDA rural broadband funding will go toward networks in Arkansas, Georgia, Iowa, Kentucky, Minnesota, North Carolina, North Dakota, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Utah and Virginia, and is expected to help 27,000 business and households. “In …

Mapping the Digital Divide: How GIS is Impacting Lives

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November 14, 2018 – Today we recognize GIS Day, established in 1999 to show how location intelligence through the use of geographic information systems (GIS) touches everyone. It is now a global event that demonstrates how far GIS extends into people’s lives and provides a forum for users to showcase their unique accomplishments using GIS. Connected Nation uses GIS to better …

The Future of Rural: Examining Texas Communities

Published on: November 13, 2018

College Station, TX (November 13, 2018) – Across Texas, community leaders, families, business owners, and others are taking part in watch parties for the “Future of Rural Texas symposium,” which is being hosted by the Texas Tribune newspaper. The event covers issues that impact rural Texas, from health care to education to broadband expansion. Many of the discussions mimic the problems seen in …

How this Army veteran integrated new digital skills with military background

Published on: November 8, 2018

By: Louisville Business First Louisville, KY. (November 11, 2018) – Radcliff resident Norvinnia McLaurine, 41, is pictured at Saunders Springs Nature Preserve, where the Army veteran often goes to clear his mind. McLaurine recently completed a training program for veterans called Digital Works, a subset of the nonprofit Connected Nation, which aims to “improve digital inclusion for people and places previously …

Digital Skills and Job Training: Community-driven initiatives are leading the way in preparing Americans for today’s jobs

Published on: October 30, 2018

John B. Horrigan October 2018 This paper, published by the Benton Foundation, was made possible through support of the Media Democracy Fund & was conducted in coordination with the Baltimore Digital Inclusion Coalition Jobs in the 21st Century The Great Recession meant joblessness for many Americans, but unemployment struck those with lower income or less education the hardest. In 2013, …

In farm country, forget broadband. You might not have internet at all

Published on: October 24, 2018

By: Shara Tibken – CNET (October 23, 2018) – “We do apologize for the inconvenience this interruption of service may cause and wish you the best in finding a new internet service provider,” the Cumberland Telephone Company said as it suggested satellite and cellular companies as possible alternatives. This may not be a big deal for many Americans who have multiple, …

Why rural areas can’t catch a break on speedy broadband

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By: Marguerite Readon – CNET (October 23, 2018) – When Galen Manners was offered a promotion at his job, he didn’t want to relocate to the big city from his family in rural Kansas, where he helped his two brothers run their 2,000-acre farm in his spare time. His employer gave him the option to work from home. But there was …

Better Broadband Mapping for More Informed Citizens

Published on: October 18, 2018

Louisville, Ky. (October 18, 2018) – As International Digital Inclusion Week continues (October 15-19, 2018), we at Connected Nation are working diligently to improve lives by providing innovative solutions that expand the access, adoption, and use of high-speed internet and its related technologies to all people – we believe that everyone belongs in a Connected Nation. However, as International Digital …

Higher Education: Why Getting a Degree Now Requires Internet Access

Published on: October 17, 2018

Bowling Green, KY. (October 17, 2018) – The internet has changed the way we live our everyday lives. It helps us stay in contact with loved ones, find jobs, go shopping, and get our daily news. One thing it has changed tremendously is how students approach getting a college education. College students rely on the use of internet access and …

Using Digital Inclusion to Fight Extreme Poverty         

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Lexington, KY. (October 17, 2018) – Much can be said about how technology has transformed the world. More importantly, the internet and other broadband-related technologies have empowered us to reach heights that were unfathomable less than 50 years ago. Today we are able to stay connected not only in our neighborhoods and communities, but with people across the world. We …