Rural America Needs the Broadband Data Improvement Act

The following opinion piece as published in the Tennessean on August 22, 2019 by Matthew J. McClanahan, Guest columnist  Rural broadband is critical to support the farmers and ranchers who grow our food, the long-term economic viability of rural communities and the overall quality of life for rural Americans The Ford Model A rambled, shuddered and lumbered its way down a dusty …

Kentucky’s Military Affairs Executive Director Honored with Broadband Visionary Award

Frankfort, Ky. (August 19, 2019) – Connected Nation (CN) honored Colonel M. Blaine Hedges, USA (Retired) on Monday, August 19, with the 2019 Broadband Visionary Award. This prestigious, national award recognizes individuals who demonstrate exceptional and innovative leadership in the application of broadband and its related technologies. “Colonel Hedges saw early on how high-speed internet could help address a chronic …

Illinois Governor Pritzker Launches Connect Illinois, a $420 Million Statement Broadband Expansion Effort

The following story was first published in STL News on August 16, 2019  Springfield, IL (STL.News) – With a historic $420 million investment in broadband infrastructure included in the Rebuild Illinois capital plan, Governor JB Pritzker launched a statewide strategic initiative to guide broadband expansion by naming 25 members to the Broadband Advisory Council. “Rebuild Illinois will improve our infrastructure at a historic …

Virginia Congressman Advocates for Broadband Expansion

The following is a press release published on Congressman Rob Wittman’s website on July 29, 2019. You can read his full testimony or watch the video linked in release and embedded at the bottom of this story.  WASHINGTON – Last week, Congressman Rob Wittman testified in front of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, advocating for expanding access to broadband – one …

Texas Counties Getting Federal Broadband-Access Money

The following story was published by Waco Tribune-Herald on July 24,2019 by Mike Copeland  Robert Fleming raises cattle, wheat and corn in four Central Texas counties. He calls himself a Facebook maniac and said he cherishes his smartphone nearly as much as a summertime rain. Like many in flyover country, he has invited technology to pull up a chair. He …

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 …

Farmers Will Benefit from Broadband

The following was published in Morning Ag Clips on July 10, 2019 It was submitted by the Virginia Farm Bureau Federation Virginia agriculture could grow 18 percent if broadband is extended to underserved communities RICHMOND, Va. — A new national report found that Virginia agriculture could grow by 18 percent if broadband technology is extended to underserved communities. “In the …

Rural Connectivity Necessary for Agriculture

The following published in DairyBusiness on July 8, 2019 Connectivity is needed in rural areas to make the best of use technology in agriculture The Forbes AgTech Summit in Salinas in June on “The Future of Food” showcased technology, innovation and ideas that will make agriculture more efficient, productive, profitable and safe. To make these advancements accessible to all Americans, broadband connectivity …