FCC Chairman Announces Plan to Launch $9 Billion 5G Fund for Rural America

The following is a press release issued by the FCC on December 4, 2019 5G Fund Would Replace Mobility Fund Phase II and Focus on Bringing the Most Advanced Wireless Services to Rural Areas WASHINGTON, December 4, 2019—Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai announced today that he intends to establish the 5G Fund, which would make up to $9 billion in …

USDA Invests $4.79 Million in Rural Broadband for Wyoming

The following press release was issued by USDA on November 26, 2019 CHEYENNE, Wyo., Nov. 26, 2019 – Today, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Utilities Service Administrator Chad Rupe announced USDA has invested $4.79 million in high-speed broadband infrastructure that will create or improve rural e-Connectivity in the county of Sweetwater. This is one of many funding announcements in …

Ohio Company Gets $2.5M for Fiber Infrastructure

The following was published in the Herald-Dispatch on November 14, 2019  RIO GRANDE, Ohio — Buckeye Rural Electric Cooperative has received a $2.5 million grant from the Appalachian Regional Commission Partnerships for Opportunity and Workforce and Economic Revitalization (POWER) Initiative for the installation of 168 miles of fiber project that will connect the co-op’s substations in six counties of the …

New Tool Developed to Help Improve High-Speed Internet Access in Northeast Michigan

Otsego County, MI (October 29, 2019) – The Northeast Michigan Council of Governments (NEMCOG), in partnership with Connected Nation Michigan, just completed an important milestone in its efforts to improve broadband (high-speed internet) access across Northeast Michigan: a vertical asset inventory. “A major obstacle in the region to not only our local economy but also our quality of life is …

FCC Authorizes Nearly $62 Million in Funding for Rural Broadband

The following press release was issued on October 10, 2019 by the FCC on its website. WASHINGTON —The Federal Communications Commission today authorized over $61.8 million in funding over the next decade to expand broadband to nearly 22,000 unserved rural homes and businesses in 14 states, representing the sixth wave of support from last year’s successful Connect America Fund Phase II …

Connected Nation’s Director of Digital Inclusion Named to FCC Advisory Committee on Diversity and Digital Empowerment

Washington, DC (October 17, 2019) – The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) announced in June that the Advisory Committee on Diversity and Digital Empowerment (ACDDE) would be re-chartered. For the second time, Heather Gate, Director of Digital Inclusion, Connected Nation, has just been named to serve on the committee. “I was happy to learn that FCC Chairman Ajit Pai decided to …

Expanding High-Speed Internet Access to All Ohioans: Input Needed to Include Your Community

Columbus, OH (October 10, 2019) – Connected Nation Ohio (CN Ohio) is using online and printed surveys to gather data and input from communities about their broadband (high-speed internet) access. This data will be used to identify the areas that lack access to affordable, high-speed internet and to find solutions to expand that access. “We are laser-focused on identifying exactly where the …

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 …

REPORT: All-fiber deployments to 90% of U.S. households achievable by 2029

The following was published in FierceTelecom on September 16, 2019  by Mike Robuck The Fiber Broadband Association released a study that said all-fiber deployments were on pace to hit about 50% of U.S. households by 2025. Furthermore, the study, which was done with consulting firm Cartesian, found that 90% of the U.S. households could have all-fiber networks by 2029 by …