20 years of connecting the nation: a national conversation on the Digital Divide

Bowling Green, Ky. (September 21, 2021) – Connected Nation (CN) is marking 20 years of service in 2021 by hosting a one-of-a-kind, live event that will air nationally from three US cities on Wednesday, November 17 from 11am to 3pm (eastern). Registration for the live event is free at cn20.org. “We have been focused on closing the Digital Divide for …

Small change, big impact: Connected Nation program helping communities expand internet access gets refresh

Connected Community Engagement Program rebrands to better reflect work to improve connectivity across the country Bowling Green, Kentucky (September 14, 2021) – A lot has changed in the last year but from change comes opportunity–for the Connected Community Engagement Program (Connected) that means rebranding to more accurately reflect how the program helps communities, counties, and states. Connected is a Connected …

Eaton County Broadband Communication Council launches work to improve countywide internet access, speeds

Eaton County, Michigan (September 1, 2021) – The Eaton County Broadband Communication Council just launched a new effort to expand and improve high-speed internet access across Eaton County. A kickoff summit was held today in the Board of Commissioners Room at the Eaton County Courthouse, with attendees representing a wide range of local government, economic development, business, education, and other …

It’s time for a full-color approach to solving the nation’s broadband problem

As the pandemic recedes, we’ve learned that universal access to the online world, through broadband service, is essential for participation in modern American life. The urgency to create full broadband coverage echoes past programs to develop nationwide networks for electricity, telephone, and interstate highways. Each of those ushered in major changes and improvements in communities across the country. Broadband is …

Connected Nation Texas releases new county-by-county data on internet speeds, coverage areas for entire state

286,908 households across Texas still lack access to federally recognized broadband speeds Austin, TX (August 10, 2021) – Connected Nation Texas (CN Texas) just published updated broadband coverage maps for all 254 counties in the state. This fourth update provides a clearer picture and new insights about access to high-speed internet in Texas. “This updated data comes at a critical …

Exposing the Digital Divide: how the pandemic revealed what we can all do to improve digital equity

Hoboken, New Jersey (July 27, 2021) – Dylan Zajac wants you to know two things about the Digital Divide—it was a problem long before the pandemic and there is a simple way you can fix it. “It’s interesting. Most people didn’t realize the Digital Divide existed until the pandemic. But there was a massive need for technology for doing things …

Nacogdoches County set to develop Technology Action Plan for expanding internet access, improving speeds

Nacogdoches County, Texas (July 1, 2021) – The Nacogdoches County Broadband Committee invites local stakeholders and media to attend a special kickoff event on Monday, July 19, for a countywide broadband expansion effort.  This work is being done in partnership with Connected Nation Texas (CN Texas) and with funding from seven public and private community organizations throughout Nacogdoches County. The …

Bills signed by Gov. Abbott provide new approach to closing the Digital Divide across Texas

An estimated 877,000 Texans do not have access to broadband at home Austin, Texas (June 22, 2021) – Gov. Greg Abbott last week signed HB 5 and SB 507, along with several other broadband-related bills. Each measure establishes new approaches to expanding broadband (high-speed internet) access, adoption, and use across Texas. “Each piece of legislation tackles the need for better …

How a university, a nonprofit, and a mayor came together to connect some of Texas’ most rural southern counties

by Jessica Denson, Communications DirectorConnected Nation Victoria and Cuero, Texas (May 27, 2021) – The University of Houston-Victoria Center for Regional Collaboration (UHV-CRC) sits at the center of Victoria, Texas—a town of about 67,000 people. Three of the Lone Star State’s largest cities are exactly two hours away by car—San Antonio to the west, Austin to the northwest, and Houston …

From billions of dollars in new funding to mandatory minimum speeds, why NOW is an unprecedented time for broadband expansion in America

By Eric Frederick, Vice President, Community AffairsConnected Nation I recently looked up “how much is a billion?” It’s a difficult number to comprehend. The most common answer is that it’s a thousand million. Another answer is that a billion seconds is equivalent to 31 and a half years. It’s quite the sum. Now, try to imagine a billion times 365 …