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 …

Straight Talk Texas: A Conversation about the Digital Divide in Rural Texas

Published by Texas 2036 on April 15, 2020. Listen in as Texas 2036 President Margaret Spellings talks with Wynn Rosser, Ph.D, who is President and CEO of the T.L.L. Temple Foundation, a member of the Texas Rural Funders Collaborative and a key funder of Connected Texas. Living in Lufkin, Texas, and Texas 2036 is honored to have Wynn serve on our board. As the T.L.L. Temple …

Disconnected During a Crisis: Life in Dayton Region Without Internet

The following was published by the Dayton Daily News on April 8, 2020 by Cornelius Frolik  An estimated one in six households in the Dayton region do not have internet service during a global pandemic when people are depending on the web like never before. With Ohioans ordered to shelter in place to slow the spread of COVID-19, residents with …

Charter Communications Pledges to Keep Americans Connected

Bowling Green, KY (March 18, 2020) – As the effects of coronavirus continue to impact our country, access to high-speed internet is at an all-time high. In the coming weeks, much of the U.S. population will be required to work/learn remotely from home. Charter Communications and other broadband service providers are working hard to keep their customers connected to the internet …

FCC Chairman Launches the Keep Americans Connected Pledge, Here’s What He’s Asking Providers to Do

The following press release was issued by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) on March 13, 2020 Pai Calls on Broadband and Telephone Service Providers to Promote Connectivity for Americans Impacted by the Disruptions Caused by the Coronavirus Pandemic WASHINGTON, March 13, 2020—Yesterday, in multiple phone calls with broadband and telephone service providers and trade associations, Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit …

USDA Officials Explain Federal Funding for Rural Broadband, Will Answer Questions from Public, Local Organizations

Athens, OH (February 20, 2020) – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is now taking applications for the second round of $550 million in ReConnect Program loan and grant funding for rural broadband expansion.  That window closes March 16. Ohio University and Connected Nation Ohio (CN Ohio) are working in partnership to help communities understand how to leverage this program to connect more …

National Nonprofit Working to Close Digital Divide Applauds President Trump’s Commitment to Rural America

Washington, D.C. (February 5, 2020) – Connected Nation Chairman and CEO Tom Ferree released the following statement in response to President Donald Trump’s State of the Union Address, specifically his commitment to ensure “that every citizen can have access to high-speed internet, including rural America.” “We are excited to see that the Trump Administration remains committed to building a better …

FCC Chairman Discusses Rural Digital Opportunity Fund with Rural Business Owners, Community Advocates, Internet Service Providers

“This is the biggest step the FCC has ever taken to close the Digital Divide” by Jessica Denson, Communications Director Marietta, OH (January 23, 2020) – The Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), Ajit Pai, met yesterday with community advocates, business owners, educational leaders, internet service providers, and other local stakeholders in Ohio to discuss the importance of closing …

Connected Nation Texas State Program Director Appointed to Governor’s Broadband Development Council

Austin, TX (January 21, 2020) – Jennifer Harris, State Program Director of Connected Nation Texas (CN Texas), is among those recently appointed to Governor Greg Abbott’s Broadband Development Council. The council will work to identify barriers to and solutions for expanding broadband (high-speed internet) access to rural communities across the state of Texas. “It’s clear Governor Abbott understands this technology …