Organizations partner to address rural broadband access

Published by Morgan County Herald on March 13, 2019 The National Association of Counties (NACo), the Rural Community Assistance Partnership (RCAP) and Rural LISC (Local Initiatives Support Corporation) have partnered to address the critical need for affordable high-speed internet for rural communities across the country. Together, the three organizations developed a mobile app that gives mobile phone users the power …

Zanesville to add fast ’net downtown

Published by The Columbus Dispatch on March 11, 2019 By Sheridan Hendrix  ZANESVILLE, OH. — When Jay Bennett returned to Zanesville in 2014 to take over as the city’s public-service director, he found an external hard drive sitting on his new desk. None of the office’s computers was connected to a shared network, so the hard drive was used to …

From the White House: Emerging Technologies to Help Aging Americans Maintain Their Independence

The below was published by the Office of Science and Technology Policy on March 5, 2019. Editor’s Note: Connected Nation agrees with the White House that technology can positively impact the lives of older Americans. We believe it’s important to expand broadband to all populations so they may have access to the opportunities and innovations that can make life better. …

Montana Senator on Why Expanding Broadband is Good for the State

The following was published by the Sidney Herald on March 2, 2019  by Bill Vander Weele  With rural Montana facing challenging economic times, U.S. Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont., noted steps that the federal government should take to help Montanans in the future. During a conference call with statewide media this week, Tester discussed Richland County’s situation including MDU’s plan to retire …

$1.25 million earmarked for broadband, library, park

Published by The Indiana Gazette on February 28, 2019 One day, youngsters in the farthest, most remote corners of Indiana County will log onto the internet from their own homes and, at the same lightning-fast speeds already enjoyed for years by internet users in Indiana, do their research on state Sen. Don White’s service to the 41st District. White’s efforts, …

Smith Presses Perdue on Rural Health, Broadband, Dairy

Published by Minnesota Ag Connection on March 1, 2019 U.S. Senator Tina Smith (D-Minn.) told U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue that improvements to the dairy program and to rural health care–passed as part of last year’s bipartisan Farm Bill–should be implemented as soon as possible to help get the farm and rural economy back on its feet. On Thursday, Smith–in …

Recapping Black History Month

Bowling Green, KY. (February 27, 2019) – As Black History Month comes to a close, Connected Nation wants to emphasize the hard work African Americans have carried out to help advance technology. African Americans have done and continue to do incredible things in technology – including working to close the Digital Divide for communities of color. Here are just a few examples: …

Midwest states show progress in rural connectivity

Published by Forum News Service on February 27, 2019 By Jenny Schlecht Precision agriculture experts talk about a lot of possibilities for technology in agriculture. Things such as sensors for irrigation and plant health could help farmers keep on top of their crops and stretch their resources. But in many places, implementing such technologies will take something farmers have no …