U.S. Governors taking steps to connect their residents

Bowling Green, Kentucky (February 2, 2023) –This past year was a landmark for closing the Digital Divide across the United States. On December 31, 2021, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) launched the Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP). According to FCC.gov, this program will serve as a “$14.2 billion successor program to the Emergency Broadband Benefit, which helped almost 9 million afford …

Connected Nation, network interconnection pioneer Hunter Newby form joint venture to build, operate Internet Exchange Points in 125+ regional hub communities across America

JV aims to ‘democratize’ network interconnection, establish carrier-neutral IXP facilities in unserved markets—including the 14 states that lack them Fort Lauderdale, Florida (January 30, 2023) – At the Metro Connect 2023 event in South Florida today, national nonprofit Connected Nation (CN) announced that it has formed a 50/50 joint venture (JV) with network interconnection pioneer Hunter Newby to pursue the …

Community Matters — How Austin Texas’ urban residents are bridging the Digital Divide together.

Austin, Texas (January 26, 2023) – Communities are often united by common goals or experiences. Longtime residents who lack access to the same things can empathize with one another and form plans of action to help each other. In some cases, however, individuals who are new to the area can be just as passionate about reaching those shared goals. This …

Keeping families connected – Kahauiki Village students work to bridge Digital Divide within their community

Louisville, Kentucky (January 18, 2023) — Joy. All anybody could feel was unbridled joy for the children of Kahauiki Village in Honolulu, Hawaii, when they learned they were among the winners of a prestigious technology competition. On April 22, 2022, it was announced that the Kahauiki Village team had placed fourth in the Kids Tech Summit, a national competition sponsored …

Why digital inclusion is essential around the holiday season

Nashville, Tennessee (December 8, 2022) – The holiday season is a special time for many people all over the world. It gives individuals the chance to come together with their family, friends, and community. Unfortunately, many people are not able to experience the joy of the holidays due to a lack of resources to properly celebrate them. Some of those …

2022 Texas Broadband Hero Award goes to community leader with a long track record of public service

Lubbock, Texas (November 22, 2022) – Connected Nation Texas (CN Texas) is honored to present this year’s Texas Broadband Hero Award to Lonnie Hunt, Executive Director of the Deep East Texas Council of Governments (DETCOG). A political subdivision of the state of Texas, DETCOG is a voluntary association of cities, counties, schools, and other special districts in a 12-county region. …

Connected Nation honored with national award for “A national conversation on the Digital Divide”

Bowling Green, Ky. (November 18, 2022) – Connected Nation (CN) won top honors this month in PR Daily’s Nonprofit Communications Awards for best virtual event.  The national nonprofit was recognized for producing a three-city, live event titled “20 years of connecting the nation: a national conversation on the Digital Divide” that aired across the country on November 17, 2021. “Our …

Meet some of CN’s Digital Literacy and Learning trainers

I love the freedom and flexibility of working from home. But working in a remote world means that in-person meetings with co-workers can sometimes be few and far between. However, my recent trip to Grand Rapids, Michigan, for some of our Digital Literacy and Learning workshops gave me the opportunity to meet a fantastic group of Connected Nation (CN) staff …

FCC advisory committee adopts report on strategies for preventing digital discrimination by internet providers and recommendations for promoting digital equity

Washington, DC. (November 8, 2022) – The Communications Equity and Diversity Council (CEDC), a Federal Communication Commission (FCC) advisory committee, voted unanimously yesterday to adopt a report containing recommendations and best practices to prevent digital discrimination by internet service providers (ISPs) and promote digital equity.   The report provides recommendations to the FCC on public policies, programs, and other strategic initiatives …

Teen-led nonprofit works to close Digital Divide in the Northeast

Hoboken, New Jersey (October 18, 2022) – In April, Connected Nation (CN) hosted the National Kids Tech Summit sponsored by AT&T to challenge K-12 students to use their digital skills to help their communities. Four student-led organizations were named finalists in the competition. Computers 4 People was one of them — the nonprofit took third place and received a $3,500 …