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 …

A Parched Country: Study Shows Digital Deserts Exist

by Jessica Denson, Communications Director Connected Nation Louisville, Ky. (September 18, 2019) – Take a close look at the map (figure 1) to your right. Everything in gray is an area without a single internet service provider (ISP)—these are what we refer to as “Digital Deserts.” Each gray area is filled with families, businesses, libraries and schools, and whole communities …

Technology Spotlight: TV White Spaces for Rural America

Bowling Green, KY. (September 16, 2019) – As the Digital Divide persists in America’s most rural communities, it is vital that federal regulators and elected officials consider a vast array of options for bringing broadband to the unserved. One such option is the use of TV white space (TVWS) technologies to wirelessly transmit broadband signals over television white space frequencies. …

FCC Authorizes Nearly $112.2 Million in Funding for Rural Broadband

The following is a press release sent out by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) on September 12, 2019  Fifth Round of Funding from Connect America Fund Auction Starts This Month and Includes Nine States WASHINGTON, September 12, 2019—The Federal Communications Commission today authorized over $112.2 million in funding over the next decade to expand broadband to nearly 48,000 unserved rural …

$4.9 billion: These states got the most of the FCC’s funding for broadband expansion

by Jessica Denson, Director of Communications Connected Nation Louisville, Ky. (August 27, 2019) – The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) recently authorized $4.9 billion over the next decade for “maintaining, improving, and expanding rural broadband.”  The funds are earmarked for expanding high-speed internet (broadband) in 39 states and American Samoa, including 44,243 locations on Tribal lands. The announcement was made Thursday, …

Rural America Needs the Broadband Data Improvement Act

The following opinion piece as published in the Tennessean on August 22, 2019 by Matthew J. McClanahan, Guest columnist  Rural broadband is critical to support the farmers and ranchers who grow our food, the long-term economic viability of rural communities and the overall quality of life for rural Americans The Ford Model A rambled, shuddered and lumbered its way down a dusty …