Digital Exclusion: A New Form of Student Segregation

Published on: May 8, 2018

The following was written by Wendy Lazarus, 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 Ms. Lazarus or if you have questions, please contact us at  (May 8, 2018) – In 1954, the Supreme Court ended school segregation with its landmark decision in …

Digital Inclusion Week: Why Rural America is Still Not Connected 

Published on: May 7, 2018

The following op-ed was written by Connected Nation’s Chairman & CEO, Tom Ferree, as part of National Digital Inclusion Week (May 7-11)   (May 7, 2018) – The internet is no longer a luxury. Its expansion into rural America is as important today as the expansion of electricity was in the 1930s. To be left out of a digital world is …

Digital Inclusion Week: Connecting the Dots

Published on: May 4, 2018

(May 4, 2018) – As we approach National Digital Inclusion week the challenge of connecting all individuals to the internet was on my mind.  While recently at a restaurant at the next table was a family of four. The two children, ages four and six, were on their iPads and both parents were on their iPhones. It occurred to me …

Digital Inclusion Week: Everyone Belongs in a Connected Nation

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Bowling Green, Ky. (May 4, 2018) – Digital Inclusion Week is set nationally for May 7 to May 11. It’s a week to raise awareness and understanding of who is being left out of a digital world; how it impacts families, businesses, and communities; and what can be done to include all Americans. “Connected Nation works with local, state, and …

Rural service lags as broadband sprints ahead in Texas

Published on: May 3, 2018

Waco, TX. (May 3, 2018) – “[FCC] maps are based on self-reported data, and only have to show that they serve one customer in a Census block,” said CN’s Chris Pedersen. That’s a big issue in states like Texas where census blocks can be bigger than the state of Rhode Island. Read more here.  

The Next Evolution of Connect Michigan: Providing Solutions to Closing the State’s Digital Divide

Published on: May 1, 2018

Lansing, MI. (May 1, 2018) – Connect Michigan is making it easier for residents, business owners, farmers, and lawmakers to understand the challenges and solutions to expanding high-speed internet and its related technologies to all people across the state. The nonprofit, a local subsidiary of Connected Nation, has just launched a new and improved website featuring, among other things, community …

Connected Nation Issues Statement on Recent Resignation of FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn

Published on: April 19, 2018

Bowling Green, Ky. (April 20, 2018) – Connected Nation Chairman and CEO, Tom Ferree, issued the following statement regarding Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Commissioner Mignon Clyburn’s announcement that she will be leaving the agency. “On behalf of Connected Nation, I would like to recognize and applaud the distinguished years of service of FCC Commissioner, Mignon Clyburn. She is a friend …

OPINION: Ohio Families, Business Will Benefit From History-Making Legislation

Published on: April 13, 2018

Columbus, Ohio (April 13, 2018) – If you believe that education, healthcare, economic development, agriculture, and public safety are important in Ohio then you are as excited as I am about House Bill 378 passing the Ohio House of Representatives by a vote of 85-11 on April 11, 2018.  All of those aspects of our lives are touched by our …

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Ohio Representatives Overwhelmingly Pass Broadband Development Bill

Published on: April 11, 2018

Columbus, Ohio (April 11, 2018) – Ohio State Representatives took action today that could positively impact children, families, farmers, businesses, schools and universities, and hospitals across the Buckeye State for years to come by voting  to approve House Bill 378. The bi-partisan bill, introduced by Representatives Ryan Smith (R-Dist. 93) and Jack Cera (D-Dist. 96), seeks to create a $50 …