Help is on the way for more than 300 Greenup County School District students left out of remote learning

Record failure rates attributed to lack of internet access and student engagement during pandemic closures Greenup, Kentucky (March 5, 2021) – When the pandemic forced the Greenup County School District to shut down, faculty and staff struggled to reach their students. “Much of our population is rural, and there are high poverty levels across the county with approximately 62% of …

POLICY BRIEF: The FCC Releases Report and Order for the Emergency Broadband Benefit Program 

Washington, DC (March 4, 2021) – Last week, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) unanimously voted to adopt a Report and Order that establishes and implements a $3.2 billion federal digital inclusion program that provides qualifying households discounts on their internet service bills and an opportunity to receive a discount on a computer or tablet. The temporary Emergency Broadband Benefit (EBB) …

DATA: African Americans are less likely to have broadband at home

Honoring Black History Month By Jessica Denson, Communications DirectorConnected Nation Bowling Green, (February 15, 2021) – This month, Connected Nation, like many groups and individuals around the country, is taking time to mark Black History Month. It is a time to not only celebrate Black history makers but also to examine critical issues that impact African American communities. Connected Nation’s …

Connect K-12 Vice President talks improving school connectivity

“Bandwidth in schools and internet connectivity should never be a bottleneck for kids learning and preparing them for the world.” Omaha, Nebraska (February 11, 2021) – Nebraska state and school district leaders have made huge strides in their efforts to improve school connectivity across the state, according to data published by nonprofit Connected Nation through its Connect K-12 program website. …

Shelby County committee needs your input on work to improve high-speed internet access and use across county

Shelby County, Texas (February 3, 2021) – The Shelby County Broadband Committee launched today its work to develop a county-specific Technology Action Plan. The committee, in partnership with Connected Nation Texas (CN Texas), is looking at both immediate and long-term solutions for improving high-speed internet access, adoption, and use across the county.    “Having reliable internet impacts everything from remote …

Charter Communications and Louisville Metro Housing Authority partner to bring high-speed broadband to hundreds of affordable housing units

LMHA to Provide Spectrum Internet® to Parkway Place Apartments Residents. LOUISVILLE (Jan. 27, 2021) – Charter Communications, Inc., announced today that its Spectrum Community Solutions organization and the Louisville Metro Housing Authority (LMHA) have reached agreement on a partnership to provide high-speed broadband to residents in hundreds of LHMA affordable housing units. Spectrum will provide each residential unit at Parkway Place Apartments …

Ordinary people taking extraordinary measures to access the internet they need

“The internet should be looked at like a necessity—something we need, like electricity or water.” by Jessica Denson, Communications DirectorConnected Nation Milam County, Texas (January 26, 2021) – Jeremy and Courtney Renaud run the Bling Box Boutique, a small business tucked away in downtown Cameron, Texas. The town has just three stoplights and about 5,000 people. “It’s a very tiny …

Newton County committee needs your input on work to improve high-speed internet access and use across county

Newton County, Texas (January 22, 2021) – The Newton County Broadband Committee just launched its work to develop a county-specific Technology Action Plan. The committee, in partnership with Connected Nation Texas (CN Texas), is looking at both immediate and long-term solutions for improving high-speed internet access, adoption, and use across the county.    “The importance of having reliable internet access …

Local committees work to expand broadband access, improve internet speeds across three area counties

Residents, businesses, community organizations input needed to develop regional technology action plans   (December 3, 2020) – Lapeer, Sanilac, and St. Clair Counties are right now working to develop county-specific Technology Action Plans. Broadband committees made up of local stakeholders from each county are focused on finding solutions for improving internet connectivity across the region. But they need help from local …

Michigan receives $10.3 million for rural broadband

The following was published in the Michigan Farmer on November 9, 2020 In the second round of funding through USDA’s ReConnect Program, Michigan has been awarded $10.3 million to provide broadband service in unserved and underserved rural areas in southwest and northeast Michigan. “The need for rural broadband has never been more apparent than it is now — as our …