FCC Chairman Announces Plan to Launch $9 Billion 5G Fund for Rural America

The following is a press release issued by the FCC on December 4, 2019 5G Fund Would Replace Mobility Fund Phase II and Focus on Bringing the Most Advanced Wireless Services to Rural Areas WASHINGTON, December 4, 2019—Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai announced today that he intends to establish the 5G Fund, which would make up to $9 billion in …

USDA Invests $18.88 Million in Rural Broadband for Alaskan Families

The following press release was issued by USDA on December 3, 2019 CORDOVA, Alaska, Dec. 3, 2019 – Today, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Alaska State Director for Rural Development Jerry Ward announced USDA has invested $18.88 million in high-speed broadband infrastructure that will create or improve rural e-Connectivity for nearly 270 rural households in Yakutat. This is one of many …

The Changing Classroom in Utah: Technology in Weber School District – From Chalkboards to Chromebooks

Ogden, UT (November 12, 2019)– Alyssa Boydston is your typical sixth-grader. She attends Lomond View Elementary School located in Pleasant View and is really into sports. Boydston wants to be either a soccer player or engineer when she grows up, and she’s super excited about the upcoming sixth-grade dance—a 1950s-themed event. Boydston also has never known school without technology in …

FCC Authorizes Nearly $62 Million in Funding for Rural Broadband

The following press release was issued on October 10, 2019 by the FCC on its website. WASHINGTON —The Federal Communications Commission today authorized over $61.8 million in funding over the next decade to expand broadband to nearly 22,000 unserved rural homes and businesses in 14 states, representing the sixth wave of support from last year’s successful Connect America Fund Phase II …

Connected Nation’s Director of Digital Inclusion Named to FCC Advisory Committee on Diversity and Digital Empowerment

Washington, DC (October 17, 2019) – The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) announced in June that the Advisory Committee on Diversity and Digital Empowerment (ACDDE) would be re-chartered. For the second time, Heather Gate, Director of Digital Inclusion, Connected Nation, has just been named to serve on the committee. “I was happy to learn that FCC Chairman Ajit Pai decided to …

Lack of Broadband Costs Rural Texas

Waco, TX (October 8, 2019) –Rural Texas communities have found themselves on the wrong end of the Digital Divide and people are tired of waiting for access. Last week, Eric Frederick, VP of Community Affairs, Connected Nation, spoke with the Texas Farm Bureauabout how lack of broadband (high-speed internet)access hurts rural Texans. “There are a number of different problems that …

STUDY: How Telemedicine Can Make Older Adults Healthier

The Technology May Also Improve Mortality Rates by Jessica Denson, Communications Director Connected Nation Louisville, Ky. (October 3, 2019) – New research published by the Journal of American Geriatrics Society points to telemedicine as a way to improve health outcomes in older adults.   The study reviewed current articles and data on telemedicine with a focus on older adults—those who are …

Closing the Homework Divide with Mobile Services

Bowling Green, KY. (October 2, 2019) – It’s tricky for schools to figure out how to have the broadband internet and technologies needed to teach students the skills of today and the future. Implementing digital technologies in classrooms has proven difficult, particularly in rural schools. The integration of digital curriculum and content has been and will continue to be a significant shift in …

Increasing Broadband Investment in Low-Income Communities

An Update to the FCC Broadband Deployment Advisory Committee by Jessica Denson, Communications Director Connected Nation Washington, D.C. (September 26, 2019) – The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is tackling some big issues surrounding high-speed internet access in the U.S. with the help of its Broadband Deployment Advisory Committee (BDAC). Those include disaster response and recovery, broadband infrastructure deployment, job skills …

CN Texas Names State Program Director, Begins Work to Close the Digital Divide in Texas

CN Texas Names State Program Director, Begins Work to Close the Digital Divide in Texas Austin, TX (September 18, 2019) – Connected Nation Texas (CN Texas) just named its new State Program Director—native Texan Jennifer Harris. She will work together with state and local leaders, providers, and other stakeholders to identify ways to connect and support the 1.45 million rural …