FCC Authorizes Nearly $62 Million in Funding for Rural Broadband

The following press release was issued on October 10, 2019 by the FCC on its website. WASHINGTON —The Federal Communications Commission today authorized over $61.8 million in funding over the next decade to expand broadband to nearly 22,000 unserved rural homes and businesses in 14 states, representing the sixth wave of support from last year’s successful Connect America Fund Phase II …

Connected Nation’s Director of Digital Inclusion Named to FCC Advisory Committee on Diversity and Digital Empowerment

Washington, DC (October 17, 2019) – The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) announced in June that the Advisory Committee on Diversity and Digital Empowerment (ACDDE) would be re-chartered. For the second time, Heather Gate, Director of Digital Inclusion, Connected Nation, has just been named to serve on the committee. “I was happy to learn that FCC Chairman Ajit Pai decided to …

The Future of Digital Healthcare

Lansing MI (October 9, 2019) – In today’s society, healthcare is not always accessible. Factors like insurance, distance from proper healthcare facilities, and time constraints can keep people from getting quality healthcare. But staff members from Connected Nation Michigan (CN Michigan), a local subsidiary of Connected Nation (CN), are working to change that by partnering with AARP and the Michigan …

STUDY: How Telemedicine Can Make Older Adults Healthier

The Technology May Also Improve Mortality Rates by Jessica Denson, Communications Director Connected Nation Louisville, Ky. (October 3, 2019) – New research published by the Journal of American Geriatrics Society points to telemedicine as a way to improve health outcomes in older adults.   The study reviewed current articles and data on telemedicine with a focus on older adults—those who are …

Taking Inventory: Utah Education Network Asks School Districts to Track Technology in Classrooms

Salt Lake City, Utah (October 3, 2019) – The Utah Education and Telehealth Network (UETN), in partnership with Connected Nation (CN), just launched a new portal that will inventory technology within Utah’s public and charter schools. In 2015, UETN began tracking how technology is used in the classroom and the access teachers and students have to digital materials, devices, and …

POLICY BRIEF: An Update to Broadband Funding in Michigan

Lansing, MI. (September 24,2019) – This month, Connected Nation’s Michigan team and Policy staff worked to summarize federal funding for the State of Michigan by looking at the various programs impacting broadband deployment over the next decade. The FCC’s Connect America Fund subsidy programs, as well as USDA’s ReConnect Program will invest millions of dollars to expand access for unserved …

New Data: Telecommuting Could Save $700B Yearly Across the US

by Jessica Denson, Communications Director Connected Nation Louisville, Ky. (September 24, 2019) – The number of people working-at-home regularly has grown 159 percent since 2005. That’s eleven times faster than the rest of the workforce. Some other staggering numbers: 40 percent more US employers offered flexible workplace options than they did five years ago; 4.7 million employees (3.4 percent of …

TPRC brings together researchers, policymakers, and industry experts

Washington D.C. (September 23, 2019) – Last weekend, nearly 350 researchers, policymakers, and industry experts from across the globe came together at American University’s Washington College of Law for the 47th annual Telecommunications Policy Research Conference (TPRC). Chris McGovern, Connected Nation’s Director of Research Development, was among those presenting their insights on the policy, engineering, and legal ramifications for broadband …

Conducting an Effective and Engaging Webinar

Bowling Green, KY. (September 23, 2019) – Conducting an effective and engaging webinar can be a challenge.  Participants often come away from a webinar feeling that the content was difficult to consume or the message was diminished because of external factors. Distractions can include various background noises, poor presenter audio, cumbersome transitions between speakers or problems displaying various types of …

Connected Nation Texas Names New State Program Director

Bowling Green, KY. (September 19, 2019) – Connected Nation is excited to announce that Jennifer Harris has joined our staff as the new Connected Nation Texas state program director. In this position, Harris will provide primary management and administrative project oversight and support for Connected Texas’s state strategy. Upon being hired at Connected Nation, Harris worked in the Texas state …