USDA Highlights Accomplishments in Rural High-Speed Broadband Deployment Under American Broadband Initiative

Published on: June 25, 2020

The following was a press release issued by the USDA on June 25, 2020. Click here for the original release. June Progress Report Shows USDA Played Key Role in Connecting 430,000 Rural Americans, Improving Investment Data, and Cutting Red-Tape WASHINGTON, June 25, 2020 – Today, the U.S. Department of Agriculture joined its government partners to release a Progress Report (PDF, 337 KB) detailing …

Lessons Learned: How Utah’s Public Schools are Tracking and Improving Technology in the Classroom

Published on: March 13, 2020

“A great model for state school systems to replicate” Salt Lake City, Utah (March 13, 2020) – Connected Nation (CN) recently partnered with Utah Education and Telehealth Network (UETN) for the third iteration of the statewide Utah School Technology Inventory. The national nonprofit has worked in partnership the Utah Education and Telehealth Network (UETN) since 2015 to track how technology …

A Blueprint for Alaska’s Broadband Future

Published on: December 11, 2019

While much progress has been made over the last decade to improve access in Alaska, many challenges still remain. In fact, one could argue that the “digital divide”—that is, the gap between areas that have access versus those that do not—is actually widening, as robust fiber and 5G gigabit wireless access is deployed in urban areas, while rural and remote areas …

Eastern Iowa Regional School Connectivity Pilot

Published on: January 25, 2019

States that have been most successful in both improving school connectivity and maximizing their E-rate funding opportunities overall have done so by coordinating E-rate bidding and procurement either regionally or at the state level to build economies of scale that improve buying power.  Since the FCC modernized the E-rate Program through two orders in 2014, school districts now have the …

The Future of Rural: Examining Texas Communities

Published on: November 13, 2018

College Station, TX (November 13, 2018) – Across Texas, community leaders, families, business owners, and others are taking part in watch parties for the “Future of Rural Texas symposium,” which is being hosted by the Texas Tribune newspaper. The event covers issues that impact rural Texas, from health care to education to broadband expansion. Many of the discussions mimic the problems seen in …

900 Jobs and Counting: Digital Works Reaches Major Milestone

Published on: October 17, 2018

Bowling Green, Ky. (October 17, 2018) – Connected Nation is celebrating its 900th job placement through its Digital Works℠ (DW) program. This one-of-a-kind job-creation program, launched in 2013, was developed specifically to meet the growing demand for online and digitally trained workers. “This is an extraordinary milestone for us, and we are very proud of the hard work and impact …

From Dial Up to Fiber: Anchoring an Arts Community

Published on: September 10, 2018

Marfa, Texas (September 10, 2018) – The City of Marfa is a town of  just under 2,000 people that sits in far west Texas just an hour from the Mexico border. Located between the Davis Mountains and Big Bend National Park, Marfa’s population swells with tourists because of its reputation as a cultural center for artist. “The town and the …

Drive Testing Reveals Gaps in Broadband Coverage That Could Impact Public Safety

Published on: January 29, 2018

Columbus, OH – (May 30, 2017) – Just how connected is southeast Ohio? It’s the question the Ohio Department of Transportation asked Connected Nation’s (CN) subsidiary, Connect Ohio, to answer in an effort to improve its dispatch and routing software and hardware. Chip Spann is the Director of Engineering & Technical Services (ETS) for CN and leads the drive-testing work …

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Connected Nation: Ensuring Schools are Tech Ready

Published on: October 18, 2017

(October 18, 2017) – How important is technology in our nation’s public schools? If you ask students, teachers, and parents, it can mean the difference between a future filled with hope and one lived in poverty. “We want our children to go on to live life even more prosperously than we are. Without technology, they are doomed,” said Bryant Miller, …