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 …

FCC Revamps Telecomm Program for Rural Healthcare Providers

Published by Healthcare Dive on August 2, 2019  By Ron Shinkman Dive Brief: The Federal Communications Commission has introduced reforms to the Rural Health Care Program intended to make it easier for hospitals and other medical providers in remote areas to receive access to broadband and telecommunications services. The FCC simplified how RHC funding is distributed to favor providers if …

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 …

Connected Nation Ohio Rebooted: The Next Phase in Connecting Ohioans to Broadband

Connected Nation Ohio Rebooted: The Next Phase in Connecting Ohioans to Broadband Columbus, OH (July 29, 2019) – Connected Nation Ohio (CN Ohio) is starting a new phase in its mapping, technical assistance, and analysis through funding from Third Frontier. Since 2008, CN Ohio, a local subsidiary of Connected Nation, has worked to raise awareness and identify ways to expand …

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 …

American Broadband Buildout Act Would Dedicate $5 Billion to Rural Broadband

The following was published in the telecompetitor on July 1, 2019 by Joan Engebretson The American Broadband Buildout Act, introduced by Senators Susan M. Collins and Doug Jones, would make $5 billion available to help bring broadband to rural areas where the service is not currently available and to support digital literacy and public awareness campaigns. The funding would come …

InnovateOhio, ODOT Announce Steps to Expand Broadband Access

The following release was issued by the Ohio governor’s office  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Thursday, June 20, 2019 MEDIA CONTACTS: Brooke Ebersole: 614-995-1815 Erica Hawkins: 614-387-0834 (COLUMBUS, Ohio)—The DeWine-Husted Administration, through InnovateOhio, today announced the release of a Request for Information (RFI) in an exploratory effort to improve broadband access to people across the state. “Lack of access to high-speed internet can …