Portland news station to host live, expert panel discussion during national conversation on Digital Divide

KGW will be one of three live locations across the country Portland, Oregon (November 3, 2021) – KGW, Portland’s NBC-affiliate and Emmy-winning tv station, will host expert panelists during a live, national event taking place on Wednesday, November 17. Connected Nation (CN) is producing the free event titled “20 years of connecting the nation: a national conversation on the Digital …

DeWitt and Lavaca counties’ Technology Action Plan prepares communities for broadband improvement

DeWitt and Lavaca Counties, Texas (November 1, 2021) – Connected Nation Texas (CN Texas) has partnered with DeWitt and Lavaca counties to address the broadband needs in the region. The counties, located two hours east of San Antonio, collected survey responses from 505 households in DeWitt County and 725 residential responses from Lavaca County. CN Texas and community leaders conducted …

Connected Nation applauds designation of Jessica Rosenworcel as FCC Chair, Gigi Sohn as new FCC Commissioner, Alan Davidson as head of NTIA

Washington, DC (October 27, 2021) – Tom Ferree, Chairman & CEO of Connected Nation, issued the following statement congratulating Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Acting Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel, Gigi Sohn, and Alan Davidson on their appointments to FCC and NTIA leadership positions:  “We commend President Biden for his selection of Jessica Rosenworcel to become permanent chair of the FCC. Throughout her …

Teleworking Support Center launch: How residents in both Michigan and Wisconsin will benefit

Gogebic County, Michigan (October 26, 2021) – Reliable broadband can have many positive effects on a community, such as improving the quality of education, fueling the growth of local businesses, and providing access to healthcare no matter where you live. In addition, high-speed internet gives residents the ability to telework. Over the past 18 months, teleworking has become more common. …

How to improve internet connectivity and speeds across New Mexico and in your community

Santa Fe, New Mexico (October 26, 2021) – New Mexico’s Department of Information Technology recently approved a list of consultants through a competitive bidding process to help local communities and statewide entities tackle the need for expanding internet access and improving speeds—including Connected Nation.  “We have more than 20 years of experience in the broadband space,” said Chris Pedersen, Executive …

Lt. Gov. Coleman Announces Cumberland Valley Electric as New Partner in High-Speed Internet Expansion

The following was issued by the Office of Lieutenant Governor Jacqueline Coleman, Commonwealth of Kentucky on October 25, 2021 GRAY, Ky. (Oct. 25, 2021) – Lt. Gov. Jacqueline Coleman joined local leaders and Shaping Our Appalachian Region (SOAR) to celebrate a $50,000 grant dedicated to welcoming Kentucky’s electric co-ops into the state’s last mile of high-speed internet expansion efforts. The funding …

Hall County Broadband Committee releases findings, goals for improving internet access, speeds across the county

Slow speeds, unreliable connection, and high prices identifiedas primary barriers to better connectivity in county Hall County, Texas (October 25, 2021) – The Hall County Broadband Committee just announced its findings and recommendations for improving broadband (high-speed internet) access and speeds across the county. “Ensuring that every resident, business, and community organization has access to reliable internet is critical. It …

Connected Nation’s VP of Digital Inclusion to lead FCC’s Communications Equity and Diversity Council as Chair

Washington, DC (October 20, 2021) – The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) just announced that Heather Gate, Vice President of Digital Inclusion, Connected Nation, will serve as Chair of its Communications Equity and Diversity Council (CEDC). “Heather has been a tireless advocate for digital equity and inclusion across the country,” said Tom Ferree, Chairman & CEO, Connected Nation. “The pandemic revealed …

Reflections on Digital Inclusion Week 2021 by Connected Nation’s VP of Digital Inclusion

It’s ok to have a new normal! Lexington, KY (October 8, 2021) – What a great week! This year marked the sixth year of celebrating National Digital Inclusion Week. In case you missed it go to #DIW2021 or #DIW21 on Twitter to see all the great organizations, communities and digital inclusion practitioners that are working to empower vulnerable communities and …

Haskell County prepares for community-wide broadband survey efforts

Haskell County, Texas (October 8, 2021) – The Haskell County Broadband Committee invites local stakeholders, community residents, and media to attend a special kickoff event on Monday, October 18th to discuss expanding and improving broadband access, adoption, and use throughout the county. Attendees will learn more about broadband access in Haskell County, the Connected Communities program at Connected Nation Texas …