FCC Authorizes Nearly $62 Million in Funding for Rural Broadband

Published on: October 17, 2019

The following press release was issued on October 10, 2019 by the FCC on its website. WASHINGTON —The Federal Communications Commission today authorized over $61.8 million in funding over the next decade to expand broadband to nearly 22,000 unserved rural homes and businesses in 14 states, representing the sixth wave of support from last year’s successful Connect America Fund Phase II …

Connected Nation’s Director of Digital Inclusion Named to FCC Advisory Committee on Diversity and Digital Empowerment

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Washington, DC (October 17, 2019) – The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) announced in June that the Advisory Committee on Diversity and Digital Empowerment (ACDDE) would be re-chartered. For the second time, Heather Gate, Director of Digital Inclusion, Connected Nation, has just been named to serve on the committee. “I was happy to learn that FCC Chairman Ajit Pai decided to …

Farm Bureau focused on boosting high-speed internet access for Nebraska

Published on: October 16, 2019

The following was published in the North Platte Telegraph on October 16, 2019 LINCOLN — Ensuring all Nebraskans can access reliable, high-speed internet service is the focal point of Nebraska Farm Bureau’s engagement with the Nebraska Rural Broadband Task Force. As the task force nears a November deadline for making recommendations to the Legislature on how to improve broadband service …

Study Reveals Ramifications of Limited Rural Broadband Service on American Farmers

Published on: October 10, 2019

The following release and study were published this week by the United Soybean Board. Click here to read the original post.  ST. LOUIS (October 9, 2019) — A new study commissioned by the United Soybean Board (USB) reveals the lack of access to broadband in rural areas takes a significant toll on American farmers and the economy. According to “Rural Broadband …

Expanded Broadband Access Lifts Limits on Human Potential

Published on: October 4, 2019

Published by TribTalk on October 2, 2019 By Dr. Steven E. Johnson, WGU Texas Chancellor The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) recently announced plans for a $1.5 billion project that will expand broadband access to thousands of underserved areas in the U.S., including to nearly 34,000 rural homes and businesses in Texas. As part of the Connect America Fund, broadband providers in the Lone Star …

STUDY: How Telemedicine Can Make Older Adults Healthier

Published on: October 3, 2019

The Technology May Also Improve Mortality Rates by Jessica Denson, Communications Director Connected Nation Louisville, Ky. (October 3, 2019) – New research published by the Journal of American Geriatrics Society points to telemedicine as a way to improve health outcomes in older adults.   The study reviewed current articles and data on telemedicine with a focus on older adults—those who are …

Taking Inventory: Utah Education Network Asks School Districts to Track Technology in Classrooms

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Salt Lake City, Utah (October 3, 2019) – The Utah Education and Telehealth Network (UETN), in partnership with Connected Nation (CN), just launched a new portal that will inventory technology within Utah’s public and charter schools. In 2015, UETN began tracking how technology is used in the classroom and the access teachers and students have to digital materials, devices, and …

Increasing Broadband Investment in Low-Income Communities

Published on: September 26, 2019

An Update to the FCC Broadband Deployment Advisory Committee by Jessica Denson, Communications Director Connected Nation Washington, D.C. (September 26, 2019) – The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is tackling some big issues surrounding high-speed internet access in the U.S. with the help of its Broadband Deployment Advisory Committee (BDAC). Those include disaster response and recovery, broadband infrastructure deployment, job skills …

FCC Approves $950M to Harden, Improve, and Expand Broadband Networks in Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands

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The following press release was issued on the FCC’s website on September 26, 2019  Media Contact: Mark Wigfield, (202) 418-0253 mark.wigfield@fcc.gov Investment Will Boost High-Speed Internet Access on Islands  WASHINGTON, September 26, 2019—The Federal Communications Commission today approved $950 million in funding to improve, expand, and harden communications networks in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Two years ago, …

Lack of Internet access holds rural communities, students back

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The following was published in the Valley Journal on September 25, 2019  by Dennis Parman, Executive Director of the Montana Rural Education Association  Across Montana, thousands of students are headed back to school to begin a new year of learning and growth. Unfortunately, many students in rural Montana remain at risk of falling behind due to the lack of broadband …