FCC Chairman Announces Plan to Launch $9 Billion 5G Fund for Rural America

The following is a press release issued by the FCC on December 4, 2019 5G Fund Would Replace Mobility Fund Phase II and Focus on Bringing the Most Advanced Wireless Services to Rural Areas WASHINGTON, December 4, 2019—Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai announced today that he intends to establish the 5G Fund, which would make up to $9 billion in …

How is Your Connection? Help Improve High-Speed Internet Access in Wharton County

Wharton County, TX (December 4, 2019) – Local leaders and stakeholders in Wharton County are taking action to improve high-speed internet (broadband) connections for residents, businesses, and others across the county. The Wharton County Broadband Committee, in partnership with Connected Nation Texas (CN Texas), has launched work to develop a county-wide Technology Action Plan. “Having reliable, affordable internet impacts everything …

The Changing Classroom in Utah: The Importance of Tracking Technology in Our Schools

by Jessica Denson, Communications Director Salt Lake City, UT (December 3, 2019) – For the last two months, Utah school administrators, technology directors, teachers, and other key staff members have been taking part in an effort to inventory technology in both charter and public schools across the state. It may sound like a routine part of what school districts must …

USDA Invests $5.2 Million in Rural Broadband for Kansas Families

The following press release was issued in the USDA website on November 25, 2019 PARSONS, Kansas, Nov. 25, 2019 – U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) Chief Matthew Lohr today announced USDA has invested $5.2 million in high-speed broadband infrastructure that will create or improve rural e-Connectivity for rural households and farms in Kansas. This is one …

The Changing Classroom in Utah: Innovating Technology in Juab School District

by Jessica Denson, Communications Director Connected Nation Nephi, UT (November 26, 2019) – Technology is not just part of the classroom in Juab School District. It’s integrated into every aspect of learning. “We’re giving each student a voice and choice in their own learning,” said Ken Rowley, Principal, Juab Junior High School. “Each student sets his or her own personal …

Indiana Governor Announces Additional $6.3M in Next Level Broadband Grants

The following press release was issued on Gov. Eric Holcomb’s website on November 21, 2019 INDIANAPOLIS — Governor Eric J. Holcomb today announced the Next Level Broadband program has awarded an additional $6.3 million in funding to bring the first round total to $28.4 million for 14 broadband expansion infrastructure projects across the state. The total first round funding will provide …

Digital Skills Boot Camp Aims to Improve Digital Literacy in Ohio

The Plains, OH (November 21, 2019) – Digital Works, a program of Connected Nation, took its technology and client-service training program to Athens County, Ohio, a few weeks ago to host a free digital skills boot camp to improve basic digital literacy among its participants. The training was held at the OhioMeansJobs (Athens County) facility and was made possible thanks …

New Report: Expanding Broadband, Digital Skills Critical to America’s Future

by Jessica Denson, Communications Director Connected Nation Louisville, Ky. (November 21, 2019) – The Benton Institute for Broadband & Society recently released a report that calls broadband (high-speed internet) “the most transformative technology of our generation.” It can grow the American economy, empower workers, and strengthen communities. “For many Americans, lack of broadband access means having less opportunity than their …

USDA Invests in the Expansion of Rural Education and Health Care Access

The following is a press release issued by USDA on November 20  Distance Learning and Telemedicine Investments will benefit 5.4 Million Rural Residents in 37 States, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands WASHINGTON, Nov. 20, 2019 – U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Deputy Under Secretary for Rural Development Donald “DJ” LaVoy today announced that USDA is investing $42.5 million …

The Changing Classroom in Utah: Technology’s Role in Alpine School District

by Jessica Denson, Communications Director Connected Nation American Fork, UT (November 19, 2019) – According to Blaine Edman, we’re living in a vastly different world than just 10 or 20 years ago—and it’s impacting how Utah school districts approach education. “Technology now plays such a vital and important role in the world, so we need to teach students how to …