From the president’s helicopter to fighter jets—meet the black woman behind some top-secret tech programs

Bowling Green, KY (February 24, 2020) – Connected Nation is taking the time to honor Black History Month by talking with those in the black community who are creating a positive impact in innovating in the world of technology. On the latest episode of the Connected Nation podcast, Jessica Denson, Director of Communications, talked with Sabrina Morton. They discussed Morton’s …

Celebrating Black History Month: African Americans who have worked to advance technology for all

Bowling Green, KY. (February 1, 2021) – As Black History Month gets underway, Connected Nation wants to emphasize the hard work Black Americans have carried out to help advance technology. African Americans have done and continue to do incredible things in technology – including working to close the Digital Divide for communities of color. Here are just a few examples: Janet …

Newton County committee needs your input on work to improve high-speed internet access and use across county

Newton County, Texas (January 22, 2021) – The Newton County Broadband Committee just launched its work to develop a county-specific Technology Action Plan. The committee, in partnership with Connected Nation Texas (CN Texas), is looking at both immediate and long-term solutions for improving high-speed internet access, adoption, and use across the county.    “The importance of having reliable internet access …

Connected Nation names Vice President of Digital Inclusion to lead national push for digital equity

Surge in demand for high-speed internet access leaves families, kids, senior citizens, veterans on wrong side of Digital Divide Bowling Green, Ky. (January 5, 2021) – Connected Nation (CN), a national nonprofit working to close the Digital Divide, is taking action to more effectively respond to the increased need for digital equity across the country by naming Heather Gate as …

Getting Started With Telemedicine – Virtual Appointments

Lexington, Ky (October 9, 2020) – Telemedicine is transforming how we interact with our doctors. You now have access to medical care from the comfort of your home using virtual or online consultations. Using your phone, tablet or a computer, your doctor can answer questions, evaluate your symptoms, follow up on an in-person visit, and provide a diagnosis or support. …

Why Communicators Should Advocate for Digital Inclusion

Louisville, KY (October 5, 2020) – I am convinced that Digital Inclusion is something anyone in the communications industry should understand and work toward.  It is, at its very core, part of why good communication practices matter — whether you’re in journalism, public relations, marketing, telecommunications, or other parts of the industry.  The NDIA defines Digital Inclusion as activities “to ensure that …

The Efforts to Close the Digital Divide for North Texas Students

The following story was published by NBC 5 in Dallas, Texas on July 30, 2020. The pandemic has pushed us further into the digital world. But not everyone was ready for it. When the shutdown began, Dr. Rebecca Good, superintendent of Legacy Preparatory Charter Academy, said nearly all of her 1,800 students needed computers. “Most of our parents are low …

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 …

New Bi-partisan Grant Program Seeks to Make NC ‘first in digital inclusion’ by 2022

The following article was published in WRAL TechWire on February 10, 2020 RALEIGH — By 2020, every county in North Carolina will have a digital inclusion plan. That’s the goal of a new grant program, Building a New Digital Economy in NC (BAND-NC), rolled out by NC State University’s Institute for Emerging Issues (IEI) today. BAND-NC, which  launched with initial support from Roanoke …