VIDEO: One Company’s Work to Connect Rural Ohio

‘Everybody needs broadband’ Bascom, OH. (September 3, 2019) – Bascom Communications’ General Manager understands how important high-speed internet (broadband) is to rural communities—that’s because he lives and works in one. “You know, everybody needs broadband. It can be used for anything,” said Nate Brickner, who lives in Bascom.  “You know from watching television to running your tractor. It’s definitely needed …

Digital Inclusion in the Gig Economy

Bowling Green, Ky. (Augsut 29, 2019) – As advocates of broadband and related technologies, Connected Nation is steadfastly committed to ensuring that no one is left behind. Technology empowers communities and individuals by giving them a gateway to an abundance of online resources including job resources and opportunities. Access to high-speed internet does not only provide Americans with information on …

From Phone to Fiber: How One Company is Connecting Parts of Rural Ohio

“I think we’re providing big-city access to rural people.” by Jessica Denson, Director of Communications Connected Nation Bascom, OH. (August 28, 2019) – When Pauline O’Connor wrote to Connected Nation earlier this year, she made it clear just how disconnected she felt. “Having lived in the ‘Bermuda triangle of communications’ running from south of McCutchenville, east to Sycamore and north on …

$4.9 billion: These states got the most of the FCC’s funding for broadband expansion

by Jessica Denson, Director of Communications Connected Nation Louisville, Ky. (August 27, 2019) – The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) recently authorized $4.9 billion over the next decade for “maintaining, improving, and expanding rural broadband.”  The funds are earmarked for expanding high-speed internet (broadband) in 39 states and American Samoa, including 44,243 locations on Tribal lands. The announcement was made Thursday, …

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 …