500 kids in southeast Los Angeles to get the devices they need for remote learning

“During bad times sometimes good things happen. This is one of those things.” The Southeast Community Development Corporation (SCDC) has been working since 1994 to “flood” southeast Los Angeles with some much-needed help. “It was a nonprofit desert in our area,” said Emma Hernandez, Interim Executive Director, SCDC. “We formed from members of local cities who were trying to bring …

Kids at one Baton Rouge school to get the bandwidth they need for remote learning, work-study program

“When this first happened even just getting your hands on a hotspot was difficult. Everyone in America needed one.” Baton Rouge, Louisiana (February 23, 2021) – Cristo Rey Baton Rouge Franciscan High School approaches education a little differently than other schools. “It’s a unique model. We are one of 37 Cristo Rey schools nationwide,” said Eric Engemann, President. “We not …

The wait is over for 500 low-income Milwaukee kids who can’t access remote learning

How the AT&T homework gap program is making it possible Milwaukee, Wisconsin (February 23, 2021) – Imagine the negative effect of being a student in 2021 without reliable internet access. It’s a stark reality and challenge for a Milwaukee school that is working to deliver a high-quality education to some of the country’s most disadvantaged students. “When the pandemic began, …

How 100 hotspots will keep the music playing across Baltimore

“The ability to stay connected to each other is so critical right now.” Baltimore, Maryland (February 23, 2021) – Teaching math or reading through a virtual classroom is no small feat but imagine how difficult teaching a child to play an instrument would be. “It’s extremely challenging if someone doesn’t have a good camera or strong internet connection,” said Raquel …

Getting 100% of us connected: A discussion on leveraging the federal Emergency Broadband Benefit Program

Washington D.C. (February 17, 2021) – The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) held a virtual roundtable event on February 12 on the Emergency Broadband Benefit Program (EBBP). Leaders in the technology and telecommunications industry shared ideas on the important public policy and program administration decisions that will affect how the program is implemented. The FCC is overseeing the new $3.2 billion program …

DATA: African Americans are less likely to have broadband at home

Honoring Black History Month By Jessica Denson, Communications DirectorConnected Nation Bowling Green, (February 15, 2021) – This month, Connected Nation, like many groups and individuals around the country, is taking time to mark Black History Month. It is a time to not only celebrate Black history makers but also to examine critical issues that impact African American communities. Connected Nation’s …

Giving voice: social media usage in the black community

Honoring Black History Month by Jessica Denson, Communications DirectorConnected Nation This February, Connected Nation, like many groups and individuals around the country, is taking time to mark Black History Month. It is important to remember that it is not only a time to celebrate and lift up Black history makers but also an opportunity to share stories and points-of-view that …

Changing the way we learn: How to educate with new technologies in 2021

Bowling Green, KY (February 5, 2021) – The year 2020 forced the quickest and most significant shift in education delivery strategies that has likely ever happened. What does this mean for our children, educators, and education systems in 2021? What are schools doing today that they never thought about 365 days ago? How are our children and educators dealing with …

Shelby County committee needs your input on work to improve high-speed internet access and use across county

Shelby County, Texas (February 3, 2021) – The Shelby County Broadband Committee launched today its work to develop a county-specific Technology Action Plan. The committee, in partnership with Connected Nation Texas (CN Texas), is looking at both immediate and long-term solutions for improving high-speed internet access, adoption, and use across the county.    “Having reliable internet impacts everything from remote …

Celebrating Black History Month: African Americans who have worked to advance technology for all

Bowling Green, KY. (February 1, 2021) – As Black History Month gets underway, Connected Nation wants to emphasize the hard work Black 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: Janet …