How Connected is Texas? Updated Broadband Coverage Maps Give New Insights

Enhanced Maps for Every Texas County Include More Resident Feedback, Provider Data Austin, TX (August 4, 2020) – Connected Nation Texas (CN Texas) just released new broadband (high-speed internet) coverage maps that provide updated details on internet speeds and coverage for all 254 counties across the Lone Star State. The maps now include additional input from residents, businesses, and communities, as well …

How Connected Nation Texas Is Working to Keep Rural Communities Online

Austin, TX (July 22, 2020) – The COVID-19 pandemic has created unprecedented challenges for Texans, but it has also opened the dialogue for a historic expansion of broadband service across the state. This crisis has made the need for statewide adoption more critical than ever, more urgent than ever, more visible than ever, more beneficial than ever, and therefore more …

Healthcare From Anywhere: Understanding Telehealth Innovations During the Pandemic

Lansing, MI. (July 13, 2020) – Connected Nation (CN), through its state program Connected Nation Michigan (CN Michigan), is hosting a series of free webinars focused on telehealth usage and advances for patients and doctors and how the technology is impacting the healthcare industry as a whole. “The coronavirus pandemic has made telehealth a necessity and household term. As a …

How the Ohio County Economic Development Alliance is Helping Residents Find Work Amid COVID-19 Closures

Hartford, Ky. (June 04, 2020) – The Ohio County Economic Development Alliance (OCEDA) is celebrating the completion of its first all virtual Digital Works class. The program provides technology training and job placement assistance for online teleworking jobs—a critical part of workforce development. “We understand that families and individuals in Ohio County are looking for new opportunities,” said Jodi Ashby, Executive …

How The COVID-19 Pandemic Has Impacted Today’s College Students

Bowling Green, Ky (May 8, 2020) – Communities, organizations, and businesses around the world have had to change the way they operate due to the coronavirus outbreak. One system that has changed drastically is higher education. Colleges and universities across the U.S. have closed their doors and switched to remote learning to stop the spread of COVID-19.  According to CNBC, over …

Improving Your Home’s Internet Security During COVID-19 and Beyond

Many of us are working from  home, children are taking classes online, and with “social distancing” being enforced we’re all trying to connect in some way to those we know and love. But with that – there are increased risks. In our latest edition of the Connected Nation podcast, we talk with cybersecurity expert Connie Matthews about simple steps you …

COVID-19 Response Plans for Connecting More Residents, Businesses at the State and Community Level

Bowling Green, Ky. (April 21, 2020) – Connected Nation (CN) is providing a new resource for state and community leaders that will help them identify immediate and simple solutions for connecting more residents and businesses during COVID-19 quarantines. “When local and state leaders began to implement shut down and ‘social distancing’ orders now nearly a month ago, we responded by …

Why is Rural Broadband Essential?

Published by BLINQ Networks on April 16, 2020. Day after day, broadband internet access is proving indispensable for day-to-day activities. As we continue to practice social distancing, our internet access is shaping our reality and defining our access to essential services, products, and even income. It is undeniable that the urban areas were more prepared for this abrupt shift to …

Ohioans Ordered to Stay Home, Because Coronavirus; Without Internet, Just Because

Approximately 710,000 Ohio households don’t have any Internet service at home, leaving them unable to connect to work, school, health care or shopping during the coronavirus pandemic. The following was published in Governing on April 16, 2020 by Cornelius Frolik (TNS) — An estimated one in six households in the region do not have internet service during a global pandemic …

Cut off: Coronavirus pandemic worsens hardship for thousands of Lansing area residents without internet

“It’s not a want to have. It’s a need to have. It’s sad that it took a virus to make people see that.” ~Eric Frederick, Executive Director, Connected Nation Michigan The following story was published in the Lansing State Journal on April 14, 2020 by Sarah Lehr Wesley Clark, 84, needed a new wheelchair. His doctor wanted to explain via …