To Help Close Digital Divide for Nearly 17 Million Students, AT&T Offers Discounted Wireless Data Plans with Free Wi-Fi Hotspots and Makes $10 Million Commitment to Help Underserved Communities

Classrooms that take advantage of the offer receive free unlimited wireless service1 for teachers2; the new $10 million commitment helps students participate in connected learning by providing free devices and service The following is a press release issued by AT&T on November 12, 2020 EDITOR’S NOTE: The application window will open Monday, November 23, 2020 and close Monday, January 11, …

First Texas Broadband Hero Award Goes to Woman Working to Expand Internet Access in Rural Parts of the State

Monahans, TX (November 11, 2020) – 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 …

Lack of broadband access is leaving many Ohioans behind

The following was published in the Chillicothe Gazette on November 8, 2020 In my time as the President/CEO of the Chillicothe Ross Chamber of Commerce, I have seen how important it is for employers to be able to hire the skilled workers they need to help their organizations and our community grow. As a member of ReadyNation, I am part …

FCC’s Connected Care Pilot Program Application Window To Open On November 6

The following is a press release issued by the FCC on November 5, 2020 Media Contact:Katie Gorscak, (202) 418-2156katie.gorscak@fcc.gov Public Notice Outlines Application Submission Process and Eligible Services WASHINGTON, November 5, 2020—The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) today announced that the Connected Care Pilot Program application window will open on November 6 at 12:00 p.m. ET and will remain open for …

VIDEO: Addressing the Need for Internet Access in Rural America

Washington, DC (November 4, 2020) – Connected Nation (CN) was recently invited by RFD-TV to address the issue of access to internet in rural areas after one viewer sent in the following comment: “My concern is the internet in rural areas. Children facing this COVID-19 crisis, families working from home…internet in the rural area really, really needs to be addressed. …

Your Input Needed to Develop an Internet Technology Action Plan for Donley and Wheeler Counties

Donley and Wheeler Counties, TX (October 27, 2020) – The Donley & Wheeler Counties’ Joint Broadband Committee, in partnership with Connected Nation Texas (CN Texas), wants to know if you have internet access and, if so, is it powerful enough for your home or business needs.  The Committee is developing a Technology Action Plan for the entire county. “It’s so …

Sanilac County Broadband Committee Seeks Your Input to Improve Internet Access and Speeds Across County Access

Sanilac County, MI (October 26, 2020) – The Sanilac County Broadband Committee just launched a new initiative to help expand and improve high-speed internet access for all county residents, businesses, schools, healthcare facilities, and community organizations. “For the last year, the Sanilac Board of Commissioners have discussed a county-driven initiative for reliable internet in Sanilac,” said Joel Wyatt, Vice Chairman …

Connected Nation Receives Excellence in Economic Development Award from the International Economic Development Council

Washington, DC (October 19, 2020) – Connected Nation won a Gold Rank for its Digital Works Website, a project in the category of Special Purpose Website of the International Economic Development Council (IEDC).  The honor was presented last week at an awards ceremony during the IEDC Annual Conference. IEDC’s Excellence in Economic Development Awards recognize the world’s best economic development …

USDA Rural Development Announces Funding for Digital Job Training Program for Military Spouses, Veterans, and Families

Bowling Green, Ky. (October 14, 2020) – USDA Rural Development of Kentucky announced today a nearly $85,000 grant to support Connected Nation’s Digital Works program in the state. “Rural development is here to create an improved economy and quality of life for rural communities across the state of Kentucky.” said Hilda Legg, State Director of Kentucky for USDA Rural Development, …

URISA Leaders Recognized at GIS-Pro 2020

The following press release was published on October 12, 2020, by URISA Nearly 500 GIS professionals recently convened virtually for GIS-Pro 2020. A number of URISA leaders were recognized for their volunteer service during the conference. We also recognized Exemplary Systems in Government (ESIG) Award winners who were announced in August. We congratulate and thank all honorees for their amazing contributions to the community! Leadership …