Grant Funds Digital Education in Columbus for Veterans, Single Parents, Senior Citizens

Published on: July 18, 2018

Columbus, Ohio (July 18, 2018) – A U.S. Army veteran looking for work so he could help his ailing father can now do so. A single mother, out of a job for nine months, is now able to take better care of her two young children. A woman nearing the end of her career now has new skills that mean …

Despite Forward Progress, Broadband Access Remains an Issue in Michigan

Published on: July 3, 2018

Laketown, MI (July 3, 2018) – For Connie Valkema, at-home internet has been an integral, but unreliable part of her livelihood for years. When Valkema, a resident of Laketown Township for about the past five years, found out Comcast Corp. was expanding its network to bring high-speed internet service to most of Laketown and Saugatuck townships, she became emotional. “I got …

How Digital Works is Improving Economic Growth in Rural Communities

Published on: June 28, 2018

Grants, New Mexico (June 28, 2018) – It can be difficult to find a job in rural America. There are few brick-and-mortar opportunities for those who want to stay close to their families and provide for their children or themselves. As a result, many are forced to move to larger cities and leave behind the quiet life they know and …

Lack of high-speed internet leaves rural communities behind

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Lauren Gibbons, M Live 06/28/2018 A lack of reliable, speedy internet can impact several aspects of a community’s success, including access to educational and economic development opportunities, said Eric Frederick, executive director of Connect Michigan. Connect Michigan is a nonprofit that works with the Michigan Public Service Commission to track broadband access in the state. Getting people access to that infrastructure and educating them on ways they …

Working Together to Strengthen the Lives of Rural Americans

Published on: June 26, 2018

American Farm Bureau President Joins Connected Nation Board of Directors   Bowling Green, Ky. (June 26, 2018) – American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) President Zippy Duvall may lead one of the nation’s largest and most prominent nonprofits, but at heart he’s a third-generation farmer from Georgia. Duvall is someone who advocates for and understands well the challenges facing farmers, ranchers, …

A Way Out of Poverty: How Digital Works is Helping Single Moms

Published on: June 22, 2018

Greensburg, KS (June 28, 2018) – Being a single mother can be tough. But according to the American Psychological Association*, it’s even more difficult than you may think. That’s because households led by a single mom have a 31.6% poverty rate. So, it’s important to give single mothers better options for supporting their families. For Tami Raber, Digital Works was …

State Lawmakers are in No Hurry to Bridge Ohio’s Digital Divide

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WKSU 89.7 By: M. L. Schultze June 20, 2018 In many rural areas, broadband service remains limited, cost-prohibitive or unavailable altogether. State lawmakers have proposed two bills to change that. Key to advanced tech Stu Johnson, executive director of the technology non-profit Connect Ohio, says both bills are needed. And he says the entire state needs broadband in order to take …

One Mom Finds New Hope Through Digital Works

Published on: June 20, 2018

Columbus, Ohio (June 20, 2018) – Crystal Amesquita never expected to be in this position—recently incarcerated and struggling to find a job to support her 12-year-old son Dominic. But everything was about to change. A program called Digital Works (DW) came into her life at the right moment and turned it all around. While staying at the Alvis House in …