Increased broadband coverage on the horizon for Shelby County, Texas

Published on: August 23, 2021

Shelby County, Texas (August 23, 2021) – Connected Nation Texas (CN Texas) recently presented the final draft of the Technology Action Plan developed for Shelby County. A final action plan will be presented to the county on Aug. 25. Data were collected during a county-wide survey that took place from December 2021 through April 2021. The survey captured information on …

Connected Nation’s Vice President of GeoAnalytics to serve as URISA President-Elect

Published on: August 12, 2021

Bowling Green, Ky. (August 12, 2021) – Connected Nation is excited to share the news that Ashley Hitt, Vice President, GeoAnalytics will serve in the position of President-Elect for the URISA Board of Directors. “Ashley has long been an innovator in the GIS world and has used her unique skillset to shine a light on the Digital Divide,” said Tom …

It’s time for a full-color approach to solving the nation’s broadband problem

Published on: August 11, 2021

As the pandemic recedes, we’ve learned that universal access to the online world, through broadband service, is essential for participation in modern American life. The urgency to create full broadband coverage echoes past programs to develop nationwide networks for electricity, telephone, and interstate highways. Each of those ushered in major changes and improvements in communities across the country. Broadband is …

AT&T and Connected Nation deliver on commitment to provide 35,000 hotspots and free internet service to help vulnerable students

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Bowling Green, Ky. (August 11, 2021) – Leading nonprofit Connected Nation has completed the deployment of 35,000 hotspots. Made possible by a contribution from AT&T – these hotspots, equipped with more than a year of free internet service – will help some of the most vulnerable students across the country. “AT&T made a $10 million commitment in 2020 to help …

Connected Nation Texas releases new county-by-county data on internet speeds, coverage areas for entire state

Published on: August 10, 2021

286,908 households across Texas still lack access to federally recognized broadband speeds Austin, TX (August 10, 2021) – Connected Nation Texas (CN Texas) just published updated broadband coverage maps for all 254 counties in the state. This fourth update provides a clearer picture and new insights about access to high-speed internet in Texas. “This updated data comes at a critical …

MEDIA ADVISORY: Texas First Lady Cecilia Abbott To Deliver Remarks At Internet Safety Billboard Campaign Launch In San Antonio

Published on: July 29, 2021

The following is a media advisory issued from the office of Gov. Greg Abbott on July 28, 2021 AUSTIN – Texas First Lady Cecilia Abbott will deliver remarks at the launch of the R.E.A.L. Friends Don’t nationwide online safety campaign on Thursday, July 29, in San Antonio. The First Lady will be joined by McCain Institute Board of Trustees and Human …

Exposing the Digital Divide: how the pandemic revealed what we can all do to improve digital equity

Published on: July 27, 2021

Hoboken, New Jersey (July 27, 2021) – Dylan Zajac wants you to know two things about the Digital Divide—it was a problem long before the pandemic and there is a simple way you can fix it. “It’s interesting. Most people didn’t realize the Digital Divide existed until the pandemic. But there was a massive need for technology for doing things …

Tuscola County to benefit from $14.6M in federal funding toward the expansion of broadband access

Published on: July 26, 2021

Tuscola County, Michigan (July 26, 2021) – Connected Nation Michigan (CN Michigan) has been working with Tuscola County leaders to plan for and expand high-speed internet throughout the county. An action plan was developed following a county-wide broadband survey in which responses were gathered from 663 residents, 24 businesses and other local organizations.  Surveys were completed between February 2021 and …

Gov. Whitmer, Lt. Governor Gilchrist announce high-speed internet expansion in Washtenaw County to support small businesses

Published on: July 23, 2021

Contact: Press@Michigan.gov – the following was a press release by Gov. Whitmer on July 22, 2021 LANSING, Mich. – Today, Governor Whitmer and Lt. Governor Gilchrist announced that the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration (EDA) is awarding a $2.4 million CARES Act Recovery Assistance grant to Ann Arbor SPARK, Ann Arbor, Michigan, to construct 20 miles of underground fiber optic cable in the cities of Ann …