Recapping Black History Month

Bowling Green, KY. (February 27, 2019) – As Black History Month comes to a close, Connected Nation wants to emphasize the hard work African Americans have carried out to help advance technology. African Americans have done and continue to do incredible things in technology – including working to close the Digital Divide for communities of color. Here are just a few examples: …

Black History Maker in Technology: Jesse Russell

(February 26, 2019) –  Jesse Russell was a pioneer in the field of cellular and wireless communications. In 1988, he led the first team from Bell Laboratories to introduce digital cellular technology in the United States. This was 15 years after the first mobile phone call was made. But when that call was placed, it was over an analog system, …

Moving the Needle: Closing the Internet Access Gap Among African Americans

(February 19, 2019) – Our credo affirms that everyone belongs in a Connected Nation. As we commemorate Black History Month, we can see where strides have been made in this effort, even as more improvements are needed. At a recent forum held by the Multicultural Media Caucus and Nielsen, participants noted that “African Americans are entering a technology-driven marketplace with …

Black History Maker in Technology: Marie Van Brittan Brown

(February 15, 2019) – It’s been said that necessity is the mother of invention. The work of Marie Van Britta Brown is a real-world example of that idea in action. Brown invented the first home security system. According to the website blackpast.org, Brown was a nurse and her husband, Albert, worked as an electrician technician. They lived in Queens, a New …

Black History Maker in Technology: James Edward West

(February 14, 2019) – If you’ve recently made a call on your cell phone or listened to a great song, you should probably thank James Edward West. He developed the foil-electret microphone in 1962. It’s now used in almost all current microphones, including those found in most cell phones. According to The HistoryMakers* website, West was born in 1931 in …

Meet the Man Who is Expanding Digital Inclusion to Communities of Color

Bowling Green, KY. (February 12, 2019) – Talking with Doug McCollough, the Chief Information Officer of the city of Dublin, Ohio, one thing becomes immediately apparent — he’s a public servant who believes in digital inclusion. “It’s criminal that people who could benefit from technology and its advances are not getting access to it,” said McCollough. “Our entire society is …

Why Being Left Out is Not an Option in the Digital Age

Celebrating Black History Month  (February 7, 2019) –  As the Director of Digital Inclusion for Connected Nation, Heather Gate is quick to point out the tremendous power and opportunities that technology provides to communities – particularly historically disenfranchised minority communities. In this age of technology, “digital exclusion” means that disenfranchised communities, families and individuals are left further behind without access …

A Conversation with the Founder of Black Girls Code

The following is a transcript from Broadband Conversation – a podcast hosted by FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel.  She talked with Kimberly Bryant, the founder of Black Girls Code, on October 31, 2018.  Bryant and Rosenwercel discussed “how we can encourage more girls, especially girls of color, to be interested in technology and how through that work we can help close the …

Celebrating Black History Month: How Technology Can Help Uplift Minorities in Higher Education

Bowling Green, KY. (Febuary 4, 2019) – There’s no denying that technology has changed the way we live. One area it has changed tremendously is higher education. Tech programs, services, and high-speed internet have helped different groups, including minority students, grow and develop a better sense of community and education. As a college student myself, I wanted to learn how this growth in …