Bridging the Digital Divide on Tribal Lands

Lexington, Ky (October 16, 2020) – The last eight months have brought the issue of the Digital Divide to the consciousness of many who may not have been paying attention. The COVID-19 pandemic has underscored the importance of high-speed internet for learning, communicating, working, telemedicine, or just staying connected with a loved one. Much must be done to help communities …

Governor Abbott Issues Statement Of Support For Senator John Cornyn’s ‘Eliminate The Digital Divide Act’ Broadband Legislation

The following release was issued by Gov. Abbott’s office on October 1, 2020. Governor Greg Abbott today issued a statement of support for Senator John Cornyn’s ‘Eliminate the Digital Divide Act.’ This legislation would expand broadband access across the country by sending federal dollars to the states for the purpose of developing programs that fund broadband projects in underserved areas.  …

Senators Cornyn, Manchin Introduce Bill to Expand Broadband Access to Unserved Rural Areas

The following joint press release was issued on October 1, 2020 by the offices of Senators John Cornyn (R-TX) and Joe Machin (D-WV) WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators John Cornyn (R-TX) and Joe Manchin (D-WV) today introduced the Eliminate the Digital Divide Act, which would empower states to carry out their own broadband programs that will incentivize internet service providers to …

Connected Nation Promotes Staff, Aligns Organization for Continued Growth Amidst National Focus on Closing Digital Divide

Bowling Green, Ky. (September 22, 2020) – Connected Nation (CN), a national nonprofit working to close the Digital Divide, is taking action to more effectively respond to the need for digital equity across the country by promoting and empowering key personnel. “Today we celebrate four accomplished Connected Nation veterans—not only for their contributions to our organization but also in their …

Cornyn: To continue essential education, we must bridge the digital divide

The following article was published on September 15, 2020, by Stephenville Empire Tribune. Temperature checks in the drop-off lane. Tape cordoning off every other desk. Teachers trying to learn new students’ names through facemasks and six feet of distance. A grid of classmates participating virtually on a projector screen. The school year just started, and already it’s unlike any other. …

Texas Works to Bridge Digital Divide as Students Return to Virtual Learning

The following was published by Spectrum News on September 11, 2020. TEXAS — While many Texas students have returned to school in person, some of the state’s largest school districts are still holding classes online.  While it may protect students and staff from COVID-19, the virtual model does not work for all families. What You Need To Know 17% of …

Chattanooga and Hamilton County use Smart City infrastructure to bridge Digital Divide for Students

The following press release was published by EPB of Chattanooga on August 14, 2020. Chattanooga, TN (Aug. 14, 2020) – Hamilton County Schools (HCS) is joining with EPB of Chattanooga and other community partners to ensure all students can access the internet for online learning as the COVID-19 crisis continues.  Made possible by support from local private and public partners and …

The Efforts to Close the Digital Divide for North Texas Students

The following story was published by NBC 5 in Dallas, Texas on July 30, 2020. The pandemic has pushed us further into the digital world. But not everyone was ready for it. When the shutdown began, Dr. Rebecca Good, superintendent of Legacy Preparatory Charter Academy, said nearly all of her 1,800 students needed computers. “Most of our parents are low …

How Simple, Effective Partnerships are Connecting Rural Michiganders to the Internet

And it’s something every area could do by Jessica Denson, Communications DirectorConnected Nation Hancock, MI (May 21, 2020) – Michigan’s Copper Country sits at the uppermost part of the Upper Peninsula. It’s, simply put, as far north as you can drive in Michigan. For more than a century, the area was the world’s greatest producer of copper— earning it its …