Tuscola County to benefit from $14.6M in federal funding toward the expansion of broadband access

Tuscola County, Michigan (July 26, 2021) – Connected Nation Michigan (CN Michigan) has been working with Tuscola County leaders to plan for and expand high-speed internet throughout the county. An action plan was developed following a county-wide broadband survey in which responses were gathered from 663 residents, 24 businesses and other local organizations.  Surveys were completed between February 2021 and …

Huron County Broadband Committee releases survey findings and actions for improving internet access, speeds

More than 770 surveys completed across countyreflect the need for expanded broadband service  Huron County, Michigan (June 23, 2021) – The Huron County Broadband Committee has released its key broadband survey findings and upcoming actions for improving broadband (high-speed internet) access and speeds across the county. The Committee, working in partnership with Connected Nation Michigan (CN Michigan), collected data from …

The Digital Equity Act is bipartisan, actionable, and can help close the Digital Divide for the most vulnerable Americans

Bowling Green, Ky. (June 15, 2021) – Connected Nation applauds the hard work of Senators Patty Murray (D-WA), Rob Portman (R-OH), and Angus King (I-ME) to bring forth the Digital Equity Act which is squarely focused on expanding digital inclusion across the US. “Connected Nation is endorsing this Act because it seeks to help our nation’s most vulnerable populations finally …

How a university, a nonprofit, and a mayor came together to connect some of Texas’ most rural southern counties

by Jessica Denson, Communications DirectorConnected Nation Victoria and Cuero, Texas (May 27, 2021) – The University of Houston-Victoria Center for Regional Collaboration (UHV-CRC) sits at the center of Victoria, Texas—a town of about 67,000 people. Three of the Lone Star State’s largest cities are exactly two hours away by car—San Antonio to the west, Austin to the northwest, and Houston …

How the growing demand of high-speed internet impacted the early 2010’s

Bowling Green, KY (May 25, 2021) – By 2015, high-speed internet used in the home was down to 2012 levels. The reason: smart phones! More people were using their phones exclusively. Average download speeds tripled between 2011 and 2014, according to the FCC, increasing from 10 Mbps to 31 Mbps. The internet was getting faster and more reliable, pushing traditional industries …

From billions of dollars in new funding to mandatory minimum speeds, why NOW is an unprecedented time for broadband expansion in America

By Eric Frederick, Vice President, Community AffairsConnected Nation I recently looked up “how much is a billion?” It’s a difficult number to comprehend. The most common answer is that it’s a thousand million. Another answer is that a billion seconds is equivalent to 31 and a half years. It’s quite the sum. Now, try to imagine a billion times 365 …

Texas should adopt a statewide comprehensive approach to tackling the Digital Divide

By Heather Gate, Vice President, Digital InclusionConnected Nation and CN Texas For most Texans, life without internet access is unimaginable. The internet has become embedded in every aspect of our daily lives—from streaming movies, working, running small businesses, attending virtual classrooms, and taking part in telehealth visits. It has become impossible to efficiently access economic opportunity and basic resources without …

Texas Representative fights to bring broadband to rural areas

The following press release was issued by the office of Rep. Roger Williams on March 23, 2021. Media should contact Halee Dobbins at Halee.Dobbins@mail.house.gov. WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Representative Roger Williams (TX-25) today introduced the Eliminate the Digital Divide Act to help bring critical access to broadband to rural and low-income communities. The bill would create a $10 billion State Broadband Program …

Celebrating Black History Month: African Americans who have worked to advance technology for all

Bowling Green, KY. (February 1, 2021) – As Black History Month gets underway, Connected Nation wants to emphasize the hard work Black Americans have carried out to help advance technology. African Americans have done and continue to do incredible things in technology – including working to close the Digital Divide for communities of color. Here are just a few examples: Janet …

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 …