Connected Nation applauds launch of National Broadband Map as a first step toward pinpointing where broadband is lacking

Washington, DC  (November 18, 2022) – Tom Ferree, Chairman & CEO of Connected Nation (CN), issued the following statement regarding today’s launch of the new National Broadband Map by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC): “Today’s launch of the new National Broadband Map marks a significant leap forward in our nation’s efforts to close the Digital Divide once and for all. …

Connected Nation honored with national award for “A national conversation on the Digital Divide”

Bowling Green, Ky. (November 18, 2022) – Connected Nation (CN) won top honors this month in PR Daily’s Nonprofit Communications Awards for best virtual event.  The national nonprofit was recognized for producing a three-city, live event titled “20 years of connecting the nation: a national conversation on the Digital Divide” that aired across the country on November 17, 2021. “Our …

Biden-Harris Administration Announces Timeline for National High-Speed Internet Deployment

The following press release was published on November 10, 2022 from the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (November 10, 2022) – The National Telecommunications and Information Administration expects to communicate Broadband Equity, Access, and Deployment allocation levels to eligible entities by June 30, 2023. The Biden-Harris Administration is required by law to allocate Broadband Equity, Access, and Deployment funds according to a formula …

Low-earth orbit satellite broadband: The state of Starlink in 2022

Bowling Green, Kentucky (June 29, 2022) – Mid-Year LEO updates really come down to a discussion related to Starlink. Starlink’s competitors are estimated to be as much as 4-5 years behind. While there continue to be discussions about partnerships and launch dates, etc., we’re a long way from a commercial product. That said, let’s look at the state of Starlink …

Economics can help state broadband leaders rise to the challenge of universal internet access

by Nathan SmithBroadband Policy Specialist, Connected Nation Bowling Green, Kentucky (June 20, 2022) – Broadband leadership at the state level barely existed ten years ago. Now, states are in the hot seat, tasked with a crucial role in brightening the economic future, not only of the internet-deficient rural areas that will need state broadband grants to catch up with the …

The urban exodus: How broadband plays a role in the recent migration of remote workers

Portage Lakes, Ohio (May 12, 2022) – As the COVID-19 pandemic progressed, I was amazed by the growth of the remote workforce. Prior to the pandemic, less than 4% of workers in high-paying jobs (positions with an annual salary greater than $100,000) worked remotely. At the conclusion of 2021, the percentage of high-paying remote jobs grew more than 375% — …

Governor Abbott Reappoints Harris And Names Chair, Vice-Chair To Governor’s Broadband Development Council

The following press release was issued by the office of Gov. Greg Abbott on Friday, March 18 AUSTIN – Governor Greg Abbott has reappointed Jennifer Harris to the Governor’s Broadband Development Council for a term set to expire on August 31, 2024. Additionally, the Governor has named Marty Lucke as chair of the council and Harris as vice-chair. The council …

New Census data show broadband adoption is growing

Washington, DC (March 17, 2022) – Today, the United States Census Bureau released its American Community Survey (ACS) 5-year estimates for 2016-2020, showing an increase in fixed broadband adoption. Nationally, internet and fixed broadband adoption both grew slightly from 2015-2019 estimates. These new data show 70.3% of American households subscribing to fixed broadband such as cable, fiber optic, or DSL. …

Community action plan released for Lampasas and San Saba counties

Lampasas County and San Saba County, Texas (November 29, 2021) – A Technology Action Plan developed by Connected Nation Texas (CN Texas) has been presented to both Lampasas and San Saba counties following a broadband survey. Residents took part in a survey designed to determine the availability of internet infrastructure; how they are adopting and using broadband services; and what …

Statement from Tom Ferree, Chairman & CEO of Connected Nation, Applauding the Passage of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act

Washington, DC (November 8, 2021)—Connected Nation Chairman & CEO Tom Ferree issued the following statement applauding the passage of HR 3684, the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, late Friday: “This month, as we celebrate 20 years as an organization working in the trenches to close the digital divide across America, it is tremendously exciting to see the passage of the …