Affordable, Reliable Broadband Key to Economic Development & Job Creation

Editor’s  Note: Connected Nation’s mission is to find innovative solutions that expand access, adoption, and use of broadband and its related technologies to ALL people. We agree with Senator Portman when he wrote in the below “as the internet continues to transform business in the 21st century, we must be sure that the rural communities in Ohio and across the country …

East Texas Agency Receives Federal Grant for Rural Broadband

The following was published by the Tyler Morning Telegraph on April 17, 2019 by Erin Mansfield  A regional agency representing 14 counties has received a federal grant to work toward better broadband access. The East Texas Council of Governments announced Wednesday that it received the grant from the U.S. Economic Development Administration. The grant includes $375,000 in federal money and …

Still Buffering: East Texas Say Internet Service Available to Them is Too Slow, Too Expensive

The below article was published by Tyler Morning Telegraph on April 7, 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 …

Advancing Rural Broadband – The Five Steps to Success

Bowling Green, KY (April 11th, 2019) – Access to broadband in rural areas may be challenge for some, but Carol Mattey, Former Deputy Bureau Chief of the FCC’s Wire Line Competition, is on a mission to change that. In a recent article by the Benton Foundation, Mattey appeared before the Subcommittee on Communications, Technology, Innovation and the Internet of the …

Senate Seeks To Expand Rural Broadband Access

The following was published by The Katy News on April 8, 2019 Austin, TX – Rural Texans have been increasingly left behind in the expansion in broadband coverage, but a bill passed by the Senate Thursday could change that.  According to the Federal Communications Commission, at least 30 percent of rural Texans don’t have access to high-speed internet.  While the …

Minnesota Representative Advocates for Broadband

The following was published in the Echo Journal on March 25, 2019  by Rep. Sandy Layman   This session, I’m privileged to serve on the Greater Minnesota Jobs and Economic Development Finance Division. This assignment provides me the opportunity to advocate for infrastructure and other improvements to continue developing the economies in our area and other rural parts of the state. One …

Nearly $15 Million in Broadband Accessibility Grants Announced in Tennessee

Nashville, TN (March 19, 2019) – Gov. Bill Lee (R-TN) released details on $14.8 million in broadband accessibility grants. According to the governor’s website, the funds will be used to expand broadband service to “more than 8,300 households and businesses” across the state of Tennessee. “I am pleased to announce that we are getting our rural areas up to speed …

Rural Development, Broadband Expansion Top Goals for Illinois State Agriculture Director

The following was published by Journal Gazette & Times Courier on March 18, 2019  by Rob Stroud  MATTOON — Rural economic development is among the stated top priorities for new Illinois Department of Agriculture Director John Sullivan. The new director discussed rural development and other priorities, including promoting jobs in agriculture education, during his presentation Monday in the Lake Land College …

NW Pennsylvania Broadband Initiative: A Plan to Connect Residents, Schools, Businesses

Meadville, PA. (January 24, 2018) – After six months of research, the Northwest Pennsylvania Regional Planning and Development Commission, working in partnership with Connected Nation, has completed an in-depth assessment of the region’s current broadband environment and developed a Technology Action Plan to address its future needs. This plan identifies key projects and actions that can be taken to improve broadband …