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 …

Help Improve High-Speed Internet Connections in Liberty County for Families, Businesses

Liberty County, TX (January 15, 2020) – The Liberty County Broadband Committee officially launched its effort today to develop a Technology Action Plan for the county. The committee, made up of local leaders and stakeholders, is working with Connected Nation Texas (CN Texas), through the Connected Community Engagement Program, to identify opportunities and challenges for expanding broadband (high-speed internet) access …

Better Broadband Maps: The First Step to Bridging the Digital Divide

Washington, DC – Connected Nation’s Board of Directors recently came together in Washington, D.C. to discuss progress made and what still needs to be done to connect more communities to broadband (high-speed internet). The technology provides access to resources and opportunities that include better healthcare, educational opportunities, job training and placement, government services, and so much more. RFD-TV, a broadcast group …

InnovateOhio Issues Statewide Broadband Strategy

The following is a press release issued by InnovateOhio on December 19, 2019. Learn more about InnovateOhio  at this website. Media contact: Caroyn Cypret, 614-995-1815, Carolyn.Cypret@governor.ohio.gov Plan supports applications for federal ReConnect funding by awarding additional points More accurate coverage maps also rolled out in partnership with Connected Nation (COLUMBUS, Ohio)—InnovateOhio, under the direction of Lt. Governor Jon Husted, today released the …

Legislating to Connect America: Improving the Nation’s Broadband Maps

“Extending the reach of rural broadband will help ensure that everyone can take part in a digital economy.” ~Rep. Bob Latta (R-OH) by Jessica Denson Director of Communications, Connected Nation Washington, D.C. (September 12, 2019) – What will it take to connect the 24 million Americans who still do not have access to high-speed internet (broadband)?  According to those who …

Wittman supports FCC efforts to improve broadband mapping

Published by Augusta Free Press on August 9, 2019 Congressman Rob Wittman (VA-01), Co-Chair of the Rural Broadband Caucus, commended the FCC on its approval of an order establishing the Digital Opportunity Data Collection. This proposal would require broadband providers to offer more detailed information on where they provide coverage and where they do not. It also institutes periodic challenge …

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 Releases Report & Order on Broadband Data Collection 

Washington, D.C. (July 18, 2019) –  On July 11, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) circulated a highly anticipated Report and Order and Second Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on the topic of broadband data collection and mapping, which will be considered for adoption at the FCC’s August 1st Open Meeting. The Report and Order (Order) establishes the “Digital Opportunity Data …

Grassley, Ernst Press FCC For Accurate Broadband Maps

The following release was issues by Sens. Chuck Grassley and Joni Ernst on July 8, 2019  Editor’s Note: Connected Nation agrees with the Senators. The nonprofit has been and will continue to advocate for more granular broadband data so we can more effectively identify unserved and underserved communities. WASHINGTON – Sens. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) today sent …

Mapping Issues Cloud Broadband Initiatives

The following piece was published in the HudsonValley360 by Melanie Lekocevic  Broadband is considered a vital service in today’s economy, but for many rural communities, it’s an inaccessible one. U.S. Rep. Antonio Delgado, D-19, has secured a measure in appropriations legislation in Congress to address “deeply flawed broadband mapping practices.” Mapping problems occur when maps are used that indicate a …