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 …

How is Your Connection? Help Improve High-Speed Internet Access in Wharton County

Wharton County, TX (December 4, 2019) – Local leaders and stakeholders in Wharton County are taking action to improve high-speed internet (broadband) connections for residents, businesses, and others across the county. The Wharton County Broadband Committee, in partnership with Connected Nation Texas (CN Texas), has launched work to develop a county-wide Technology Action Plan. “Having reliable, affordable internet impacts everything …

The Changing Classroom in Utah: Innovating Technology in Juab School District

by Jessica Denson, Communications Director Connected Nation Nephi, UT (November 26, 2019) – Technology is not just part of the classroom in Juab School District. It’s integrated into every aspect of learning. “We’re giving each student a voice and choice in their own learning,” said Ken Rowley, Principal, Juab Junior High School. “Each student sets his or her own personal …

Indiana Governor Announces Additional $6.3M in Next Level Broadband Grants

The following press release was issued on Gov. Eric Holcomb’s website on November 21, 2019 INDIANAPOLIS — Governor Eric J. Holcomb today announced the Next Level Broadband program has awarded an additional $6.3 million in funding to bring the first round total to $28.4 million for 14 broadband expansion infrastructure projects across the state. The total first round funding will provide …

New Report: Expanding Broadband, Digital Skills Critical to America’s Future

by Jessica Denson, Communications Director Connected Nation Louisville, Ky. (November 21, 2019) – The Benton Institute for Broadband & Society recently released a report that calls broadband (high-speed internet) “the most transformative technology of our generation.” It can grow the American economy, empower workers, and strengthen communities. “For many Americans, lack of broadband access means having less opportunity than their …

Don’t Let Your Community Be Left Out: Surveys on Broadband Access in Ohio Close This Week

Columbus, OH (November 18, 2019) – There are only a couple of days left to provide input about your community’s high-speed internet (broadband) access. Connected Nation Ohio (CN Ohio) is using online surveys to gather input from communities about their broadband access. The information gathered will be used to better identify ways to improve access for all Ohioans. Make sure …

Georgia Representative Introduces Legislation to Expand Broadband Access in Rural and Low-Income Communities

The following press release was issued on Rep. Doug Collins website on November 14, 2019.  WASHINGTON—Rep. Doug Collins (R-Ga.) reintroduced the Gigabit Opportunity (GO) Act (H.R. 5082) to encourage broadband development in economically disadvantaged communities. “High-speed internet access has become a prerequisite for economic growth in America, yet many of our neighbors struggle to gain reliable access to broadband,” said Collins. “By …

Report: Texas Home To More Rural Students Than Any Other State

The following report was published by Texas Public Radio on November 7, 2019 by Camille Phillips  While Texas is responsible for educating more rural students than any other state in the country — nearly 700,000 — it’s not doing as much for those students as most other states in two key areas. That’s according to a new report from the Rural Schools and …

The Changing Classroom in Utah: Why Digital Teaching Matters

“I think learning is not just on the campus anymore, but it’s everywhere the student goes.” by Jessica Denson, Communications Director Connected Nation Beaver, UT (November 5, 2019) – David Long, Superintendent of Beaver County Schools, remembers clearly the moment he realized just how powerful a tool technology could be for student learning. “I was working at Logan County School …

USDA Invests $3.8 Million in Rural Broadband for Virginia Families

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  Published by USDA on November 4, 2019 LAWRENCEVILLE, Va., Nov. 4, 2019 – Today, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Deputy Under Secretary for Rural Development Donald “DJ” LaVoy announced USDA has invested nearly $3.8 million in high-speed broadband infrastructure that will create or improve rural e-Connectivity for more than 1,250 rural households in Virginia. This is one of …