FCC Chairman Discusses Rural Digital Opportunity Fund with Rural Business Owners, Community Advocates, Internet Service Providers

“This is the biggest step the FCC has ever taken to close the Digital Divide” by Jessica Denson, Communications Director Marietta, OH (January 23, 2020) – The Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), Ajit Pai, met yesterday with community advocates, business owners, educational leaders, internet service providers, and other local stakeholders in Ohio to discuss the importance of closing …

Data Mapping to Save Moms’ Lives Act Introduced by Bipartisan Group of Senators

The following is a press release issued on Sen. Jacky Rosen’s website on January 8, 2020 WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senators Jacky Rosen (D-NV), Deb Fischer (R-NE), Todd Young (R-IN), and Brian Schatz (D-HI) announced the introduction of the Data Mapping to Save Moms’ Lives Act, bipartisan legislation that would utilize data mapping to show where high rates of poor …

Increasing Broadband Investment in Low-Income Communities

An Update to the FCC Broadband Deployment Advisory Committee by Jessica Denson, Communications Director Connected Nation Washington, D.C. (September 26, 2019) – The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is tackling some big issues surrounding high-speed internet access in the U.S. with the help of its Broadband Deployment Advisory Committee (BDAC). Those include disaster response and recovery, broadband infrastructure deployment, job skills …

FCC Approves $950M to Harden, Improve, and Expand Broadband Networks in Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands

The following press release was issued on the FCC’s website on September 26, 2019  Media Contact: Mark Wigfield, (202) 418-0253 mark.wigfield@fcc.gov Investment Will Boost High-Speed Internet Access on Islands  WASHINGTON, September 26, 2019—The Federal Communications Commission today approved $950 million in funding to improve, expand, and harden communications networks in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Two years ago, …

Lack of Internet access holds rural communities, students back

The following was published in the Valley Journal on September 25, 2019  by Dennis Parman, Executive Director of the Montana Rural Education Association  Across Montana, thousands of students are headed back to school to begin a new year of learning and growth. Unfortunately, many students in rural Montana remain at risk of falling behind due to the lack of broadband …

A Parched Country: Study Shows Digital Deserts Exist

by Jessica Denson, Communications Director Connected Nation Louisville, Ky. (September 18, 2019) – Take a close look at the map (figure 1) to your right. Everything in gray is an area without a single internet service provider (ISP)—these are what we refer to as “Digital Deserts.” Each gray area is filled with families, businesses, libraries and schools, and whole communities …

FCC Authorizes Nearly $112.2 Million in Funding for Rural Broadband

The following is a press release sent out by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) on September 12, 2019  Fifth Round of Funding from Connect America Fund Auction Starts This Month and Includes Nine States WASHINGTON, September 12, 2019—The Federal Communications Commission today authorized over $112.2 million in funding over the next decade to expand broadband to nearly 48,000 unserved rural …

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 …