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 …

Texas Had Laws That Were Barriers to Telemedicine. The Coronavirus Changed That.

The following was published KUT Radio on March 20, 2020 by Ashley Lopez Telemedicine laws in Texas got revamped this week as the coronavirus spreads through the state. Gov. Greg Abbott announced Tuesday he was waiving a slew of regulations that made it harder for doctors to treat people remotely, also known as telemedicine or telehealth. “As the State of Texas …

During and After COVID-19: How Large and Small Businesses Can Plan for the Long Term

From tackling teleworking for the first time to improving customer communications, the CEO of Bryghtpath shares what businesses can do to stay viable. by Chris McGovern Director of Research, Connected Nation Shoreview, MN (April 8, 2020) – COVID-19 has presented challenges for businesses large and small, from figuring out how to protect their workers to keeping their business open amid a …

Keeping Students Connected During the Coronavirus Outbreak

Bowling Green, Ky. (April 7, 2020) – In today’s technology age, the internet is used for much more than just connecting with friends and family; it helps us pay our bills, stay up to date with current news, apply for jobs, and even get an education. Due to the coronavirus outbreak, the internet is now a necessity for many people to …

We Must Close the Digital Divide in the RGV to Keep Our Students Learning

The following opinion piece was published in the Rio Grande Guardian on April 4, 2020  As our nation grapples with the unprecedented COVID-19 crisis, school systems and higher education institutions are required to quickly adapt to online learning without knowing how long this will continue. This change is a challenge for many educators and learners under normal circumstances, but especially …

Policy Brief: FCC Extends E-Rate Deadlines Due to COVID-19

Washington, DC (April 2, 2020) – Yesterday, the FCC voted to adopt an Order extending E-Rate Program deadlines in light of the COVID-19 pandemic and its effect on schools and libraries across the country. The FCC stated that “to provide relief to E-Rate program participants affected by this unprecedented national pandemic, we temporarily waive and extend several E-Rate filing and …

Digital Works Now Offering Virtual Job Training for Military Spouses, Veterans Across Kentucky

  Fort Campbell, Ky (April 1, 2020)– Digital Works (DW), in response to the coronavirus outbreak, is now offering virtual job training to military spouses and veterans across the state.The program, which was developed by Connected Nation to meet the growing need for online jobs, offers both technology training and job placement assistance for teleworking, remote positions. Thanks to funding …

Chairman Pai Announces Plan for $200 Million COVID-19 Telehealth Program

The following press release is from the FCC on March 30, 2020. New Program Would Provide Immediate Support to Health Care Facilities and Patients Across the Country; Separate Connected Care Pilot Program Would Study Long-Term Role of Telehealth WASHINGTON, March 30, 2020—Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai today announced his plan for a COVID-19 Telehealth Program to support health care …

USDA Extends ReConnect Application Deadline to April 15

The following press release is from the USDA on March 30, 2020. WASHINGTON, March 30, 2020 – U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Deputy Under Secretary for Rural Development Bette Brand today announced that USDA has extended the deadline for ReConnect Pilot Program applications to April 15. “In light of the COVID-19 National Emergency, USDA is extending the application deadline for …

Connecting America during the Coronavirus: Stimulus Bill Provides Some Funding to Expand Access

Washington, DC (March 26, 2020) – The Senate unanimously passed late last night a $2 trillion stimulus bill in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The House is set to vote on the bill Friday, March 27. This historic legislation provides funding for individuals, couples, and families. It also provides some relief for those who are working and learning from home …