USDA Opens Application Portal for New ReConnect Rural Broadband Infrastructure Program

The following press release comes from the USDA It was published on April 23rd, 2019  WASHINGTON – Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is now accepting online applications for funding through the new ReConnect Rural Broadband Pilot Program. These funds will enable the federal government to partner with the private sector and rural communities …

Blunt calls for Missouri PDMP bill, emphasizes importance of broadband

Published by The Neighbor on April 22nd, 2019 By Brain Hauswirth  (Jefferson City) — Missouri’s senior senator addressed the opioid epidemic, rural broadband, the growing economy and a large Poplar Bluff manufacturer during a Wednesday address to the Missouri House in Jefferson City. Senator Roy Blunt (R), who’s in his second Senate term, says the leading cause of accidental death …

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 …

Broadband: Get Started Today

San Francisco, CA (April 18, 2019) – The National Planning Conference was held  April 13-19 in California. According to the American Planning Association, the annual event brings together planners from across the country to discuss the “hottest topics, the latest tools, and the leading voices with something new to say.” For the fourth year in a row, Eric Frederick, Connected …

Trump embraces 5G revolution by freeing up spectrum, removing regulations, boosting rural broadband

Published by TechWire on April 15th, 2019 By Robert Romano WASHINGTON, D.C. – President Donald Trump is committed to winning the race to 5G wireless technology that will transform the U.S. and global economies in ways that have only been dreamed of in the past. Smart cities, driverless cars and trucks, factories run by robots and so many other wonders, …

FCC to hold big 5G auction, spend $20B for rural internet

Published by AP News on April 12th, 2019 By Tali Arbel NEW YORK (AP) — The U.S. government will hold a massive auction to bolster 5G service , the next generation of mobile networks, and plans to spend $20 billion to expand broadband access in rural areas. 5G will mean faster wireless speeds and has implications for technologies like self-driving …

The Way to a Better, More Accurate Broadband Map

Published by Charter Communications on April 9th, 2019 Broadband can provide life changing opportunities from applying for a job and earning a degree, to accessing healthcare or starting a business. Charter shares the goal of the Federal Communications Commission and Members of Congress of helping close the digital divide by directing resources to areas that need it most, those that …

Wi-Fi Enabled School Buses A Small Step In Expanding Broadband Access For Rural Pennsylvanians

Editor’s Note: The “homework gap” is a term used to describe those students who do not have broadband access at home and, therefore, are unable to complete school assignments. According to a recent ACT Research and Equity in Learning Study,  47% of students don’t have access at home beyond a mobile cellular device. The below story is one example of …