POLICY BRIEF: FCC Proposes Cap to Universal Service Fund, Extends Comment Deadline 

Washington, D.C. (July 10, 2019) –  In May, the FCC released a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) to seek comment on establishing a cap on the Universal Service Fund (USF) and, most recently, extended the deadline for comments on the proposal. This NPRM could impact the E-Rate and Rural Health Care funds and has raised some questions. There is some disagreement among …

Mapping Rural America: A Look at Field Validation Work

(June 25, 2019) – Connected Nation (CN) is working across rural America to confirm broadband access and speeds, and more importantly, identifying where broadband service is lacking. While broadband maps can be developed from a variety of data sources, sometimes field validation and verification activities offer the most detailed and comprehensive view of available services. John Determan, a senior broadband …

InnovateOhio, ODOT Announce Steps to Expand Broadband Access

The following release was issued by the Ohio governor’s office  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Thursday, June 20, 2019 MEDIA CONTACTS: Brooke Ebersole: 614-995-1815 Erica Hawkins: 614-387-0834 (COLUMBUS, Ohio)—The DeWine-Husted Administration, through InnovateOhio, today announced the release of a Request for Information (RFI) in an exploratory effort to improve broadband access to people across the state. “Lack of access to high-speed internet can …

Eleven Years and Counting: The UN Goal to Connect Every Adult in the World by 2030

Yep…We Said “World” by Jessica Denson Director of Communications, Connected Nation (June 13, 2019) – The straightforward title of a new United Nations report, The Age of Digital Interdependence Report, perhaps says it all: People no longer just want access to a digital world, they need it. That is especially true for vulnerable populations that could benefit in immediate and …

Connected Nation Chairman Named to FCC Broadband Deployment Advisory Committee

Bowling Green, Ky. (May  20, 2019) – Tom Ferree, Chairman & CEO, Connected Nation, was named to the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) re-chartered Broadband Deployment Advisory Committee (BDAC). The committee’s mission will be to make recommendations on how to accelerate the deployment of high-speed internet access. “I’m honored to be named among the distinguished professionals who are taking part in …

Thousands in Rural Michigan to Receive Broadband Access, Higher-Speed Internet

For Immediate Release Thursday May 2, 2019 Contact: James Hogge 231-640-9158 Washington – Congressman Jack Bergman issued the following release after the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) announced the expansion of the universal services fund, which will provide high-speed broadband access to over 5,000 Michiganders in rural areas: “This announcement by the FCC further highlights the Trump Administration’s commitment to expanding …

Still Buffering: Rural Libraries Fill the Void for Residents Without Broadband

The below article was published by Tyler Morning Telegraph on March 31, 2019 by Erin Mansfield  Editor’s Note This is part two of a five-part series about how a lack of connectivity affects East Texans. Part 1: East Texas lags the rest of the state in broadband Part 2: Rural libraries fill the broadband void Part 3: Some East Texans say …

Alabama Senator Introduces Bipartisan Broadband Access Legislation

The following was published in the Opelika Observer on April 10, 2019 Sen. Doug Jones (D-Ala.) has introduced the ACCESS BROADBAND Act, bipartisan legislation that fosters the development and growth of broadband resources for businesses and underserved communities in Alabama and throughout the country. The ACCESS BROADBAND Act would require the Department of Commerce to establish the Office of Internet …

Broadband Helps Make Tabletop Gaming More Inclusive

April 11, 2019 – At one time, the game “Dungeons & Dragons” was banished to the realm of basement game rooms, nerd jokes, and adolescent boys sitting around kitchen tables. Now, though, the game’s popularity is booming. It’s been featured in top-rated television shows and movies, and the universe of gamers has expanded to include action movie stars, authors, and professional …