Scholastic achievement, economic development, and emergency preparedness the focus of Fisher County’s Technology Action Plan

Published on: October 28, 2021

Fisher County, Texas (October 28, 2021) – Named for Samuel Rhoads Fisher, a signer of the Texas Declaration of Independence, Fisher County boasts a population of nearly 3,700 people. This year, Fisher County worked with Connected Nation Texas on a community broadband engagement designed to determine the community’s internet access, adoption, and use rates. After reviewing the data, the broadband …

Texas school district to host live, student-run panel discussion during national conversation on Digital Divide

Published on: October 27, 2021

Fort Bend ISD will be one of three live locations across the country Sugar Land, Texas (October 27, 2021) – Fort Bend Independent School District (ISD) will host expert panelists during a live, national event taking place on Wednesday, November 17. Connected Nation (CN) is producing the free event titled “20 years of connecting the nation: a national conversation on …

Connected Nation applauds designation of Jessica Rosenworcel as FCC Chair, Gigi Sohn as new FCC Commissioner, Alan Davidson as head of NTIA

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Washington, DC (October 27, 2021) – Tom Ferree, Chairman & CEO of Connected Nation, issued the following statement congratulating Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Acting Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel, Gigi Sohn, and Alan Davidson on their appointments to FCC and NTIA leadership positions:  “We commend President Biden for his selection of Jessica Rosenworcel to become permanent chair of the FCC. Throughout her …

How to improve internet connectivity and speeds across New Mexico and in your community

Published on: October 26, 2021

Santa Fe, New Mexico (October 26, 2021) – New Mexico’s Department of Information Technology recently approved a list of consultants through a competitive bidding process to help local communities and statewide entities tackle the need for expanding internet access and improving speeds—including Connected Nation.  “We have more than 20 years of experience in the broadband space,” said Chris Pedersen, Executive …

Lt. Gov. Coleman Announces Cumberland Valley Electric as New Partner in High-Speed Internet Expansion

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The following was issued by the Office of Lieutenant Governor Jacqueline Coleman, Commonwealth of Kentucky on October 25, 2021 GRAY, Ky. (Oct. 25, 2021) – Lt. Gov. Jacqueline Coleman joined local leaders and Shaping Our Appalachian Region (SOAR) to celebrate a $50,000 grant dedicated to welcoming Kentucky’s electric co-ops into the state’s last mile of high-speed internet expansion efforts. The funding …

USDA to Make Up to $1.15 Billion Available to Help People Living in Rural Communities Access High-Speed Internet

Published on: October 25, 2021

The following press release was issued by the U.S. Department of Agriculture on October 22, 2021. Department Also Invests $50 Million to Improve Access to Telemedicine, Distance Learning for 7.6 Million People in Rural Areas GENESEO, Ill., Oct. 22, 2021 – U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced a significant expansion of access to high-speed internet, health …

Hall County Broadband Committee releases findings, goals for improving internet access, speeds across the county

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Slow speeds, unreliable connection, and high prices identifiedas primary barriers to better connectivity in county Hall County, Texas (October 25, 2021) – The Hall County Broadband Committee just announced its findings and recommendations for improving broadband (high-speed internet) access and speeds across the county. “Ensuring that every resident, business, and community organization has access to reliable internet is critical. It …

Donley and Wheeler counties – two counties working toward the same broadband goals

Published on: October 22, 2021

Donley County and Wheeler County, Texas (October 22, 2021) – A technology action plan developed by Connected Nation Texas (CN Texas) has been presented to both Donley and Wheeler counties following a broadband survey. From August 2020 to May 2021, 137 households in Donley County and 218 households in Wheeler County took part in a survey to determine the availability …

Texas Tri-County Broadband Team helps local communities achieve better broadband connections

Published on: October 21, 2021

Brewster, Jeff Davis, and Presidio Counties, Texas (October 21, 2021) – Boasting natural wonders and historical landmarks, Brewster, Jeff Davis, and Presidio counties are the perfect trio to bring better broadband to West Texas. The Tri-County Broadband Alliance, composed of representatives from Brewster County, Jeff Davis County, and Presidio County, recently completed a community-wide broadband engagement designed to determine the …

Connected Nation’s VP of Digital Inclusion to lead FCC’s Communications Equity and Diversity Council as Chair

Published on: October 20, 2021

Washington, DC (October 20, 2021) – The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) just announced that Heather Gate, Vice President of Digital Inclusion, Connected Nation, will serve as Chair of its Communications Equity and Diversity Council (CEDC). “Heather has been a tireless advocate for digital equity and inclusion across the country,” said Tom Ferree, Chairman & CEO, Connected Nation. “The pandemic revealed …