USDA Invests $86 Million in Rural Broadband Service in Eight States

The following was a press release issued by the USDA on June 24, 2020 WASHINGTON, June 24, 2020 – The Trump Administration today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is investing $86 million in rural broadband service(PDF, 110 KB) for 17,000 people and businesses in eight states. “Access to high-speed broadband internet, or e-Connectivity, is a cornerstone of prosperity anywhere, …

Connected Nation Hits Major Milestone: Providing Vital Information at a Critical Time

Bowling Green, Ky (May 14, 2020) – Connected Nation (CN) hit a major milestone today that demonstrates the importance of its mission during this critical time. We’re not yet through the month of May, but the nonprofit’s digital engagement numbers on its website have surpassed the total audience for all of 2019. “This is significant because it shows that we …

COVID-19 Response Plans for Connecting More Residents, Businesses at the State and Community Level

Bowling Green, Ky. (April 21, 2020) – Connected Nation (CN) is providing a new resource for state and community leaders that will help them identify immediate and simple solutions for connecting more residents and businesses during COVID-19 quarantines. “When local and state leaders began to implement shut down and ‘social distancing’ orders now nearly a month ago, we responded by …

Ohioans Ordered to Stay Home, Because Coronavirus; Without Internet, Just Because

Approximately 710,000 Ohio households don’t have any Internet service at home, leaving them unable to connect to work, school, health care or shopping during the coronavirus pandemic. The following was published in Governing on April 16, 2020 by Cornelius Frolik (TNS) — An estimated one in six households in the region do not have internet service during a global pandemic …

Cut off: Coronavirus pandemic worsens hardship for thousands of Lansing area residents without internet

“It’s not a want to have. It’s a need to have. It’s sad that it took a virus to make people see that.” ~Eric Frederick, Executive Director, Connected Nation Michigan The following story was published in the Lansing State Journal on April 14, 2020 by Sarah Lehr Wesley Clark, 84, needed a new wheelchair. His doctor wanted to explain via …

Digital Divide: Coronavirus Crisis Highlights Texans’ Lack of High-Speed Internet Access

The following was published by Spectrum News on April 1, 2020 by Karina Kling  Click here to watch the interview AUSTIN, Texas — The coronavirus has forced Texans online for education, work, entertainment, even communicating with friends and family right now. But one-third of the state does not subscribe to high-speed internet in their homes. The digital divide is particularly …

Analysis: A digital divide with dire consequences for Texas

The following was published in the Texas Tribune on April 1, 2020 by Ross Ramsey  The new coronavirus has forced Texans online for education, commerce, work and entertainment. But a third of the state’s residents don’t have broadband in their homes. When Anderson County told residents not to assemble in groups with more than 10 people, officials got some pushback from churches. …

FCC Chairman Launches the Keep Americans Connected Pledge, Here’s What He’s Asking Providers to Do

The following press release was issued by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) on March 13, 2020 Pai Calls on Broadband and Telephone Service Providers to Promote Connectivity for Americans Impacted by the Disruptions Caused by the Coronavirus Pandemic WASHINGTON, March 13, 2020—Yesterday, in multiple phone calls with broadband and telephone service providers and trade associations, Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit …

USDA Extends ReConnect Application Deadline to March 31

WASHINGTON, March 12, 2020 – Today, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Deputy Under Secretary for Rural Development Bette Brand announced USDA has extended the deadline (PDF, 245 KB) for ReConnect Pilot Program applications to March 31. “By extending the ReConnect Program application deadline, we are helping even more qualified organizations access the essential funding to make high-speed broadband connectivity a …