POLICY BRIEF: Rural Digital Opportunity Fund Announces Phase 1 winners

This week, the FCC announced the winners of the Rural Digital Opportunity Fund Phase I Auction, where 180 bidders won in 49 states and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands. The funding will serve 5.2 million unserved homes and businesses, with 99.7% of the locations receiving speeds of at least 100/20 Mbps coverage. The FCC also said, in a …

Overcome being overwhelmed: building a path to connectivity in all communities

We know it’s tough right now.   Kids are struggling with internet access for remote learning, adults are having difficulty connecting for telework or telehealth appointments, and businesses need broadband immediately to survive.  It is tough—really tough. But, especially so, for local community leaders who must wear multiple hats and try to solve the connectivity problem for everyone. “Most of …

Connected Nation Issues Statement on the Resignation of FCC Chairman Ajit Pai

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (December 2, 2020) – Connected Nation Chairman and CEO, Tom Ferree, issued the following statement regarding Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Ajit Pai’s announcement that he will be leaving the agency on January 20, 2021. “On behalf of Connected Nation, I would like to recognize and applaud Chairman Pai for his distinguished years of public service with …

Connected Nation Michigan Provides Answers to Telehealth Questions, Concerns as Use Surges During Pandemic

Lansing, MI. (December 2, 2020) – Connected Nation Michigan (CN Michigan) is offering FREE telehealth resources to help individuals and families navigate options offered by their doctor’s offices and area hospitals.  These include answers to common questions and concerns identified in a CN Michigan study, done in partnership with AARP and the Michigan Health Endowment Fund, that examined telehealth over …

VIDEO: Connect K-12 Launches to Help State, District Leaders Improve School Connectivity

Washington, D.C. (November 24, 2020) – Connected Nation recently launched the free resource for school district and state leaders—Connect K-12.  RFD-TV, a broadband group that focuses on rural affairs issues across the country, asked CN to share how the new website can help school districts in rural areas improve their internet connectivity. “We hope to build on the momentum and …

Apply Now! Nonprofits, Schools Can Receive Free AT&T Wireless Internet Service, Mobile Wi-Fi Hotspots for At-Risk K-12 Students

AT&T’s $10 million commitment to the program will help the nation’s most vulnerable students participate in connected learning Bowling Green, Ky. (November 23, 2020) – Connected Nation (CN) is launching today an online application for the AT&T K-12 connected learning program, which is focused on closing the homework gap for at-risk students by providing free AT&T wireless internet service and …

Connected Nation, Funds For Learning Launch “Connect K-12” to Help State, District Leaders Improve School Connectivity

Website, report provide key insights on school internet access across the U.S. Bowling Green, Ky. (November 19, 2020)–Nonprofit Connected Nation (CN) announced this morning the launch of Connect K-12, a free website that provides internet speed and pricing transparency information to help schools identify broadband solutions and negotiate better deals for services—with the objective of helping schools achieve the Federal …

Words of Advice: What the Winner of the Texas Broadband Hero Award Can Teach Us About Connecting More Communities

Connected Nation Texas (CN Texas) has virtually presented the Texas Broadband Hero Award to Teresa Burnett, the Executive Director of the Monahans Chamber of Commerce, for her work to expand broadband (high-speed internet) access, adoption, and use across parts of rural Texas. “The Texas Broadband Hero Award is reserved for someone who demonstrates the passion, commitment and determination to close …