Connected Nation Cares: A Veterans Day Tribute

Bowling Green, KY (November 11, 2019) –Today we celebrate Veterans Day. At Connected Nation, we support all who have bravely served our country. CN supports veterans and current military members through one-of-a-kind job-creation programs developed specifically to meet the growing demand for online and digitally trained workers. Last fall, Connected Nation launched its Digital Works program in Fort Knox, Kentucky, to focus …

Girls Rule in a National Stem Competition by Taking Top Five Positions

Happy National STEM/STEAM Day Bowling Green, KY. (November 8, 2019) – National STEM/STEAM Day is November 8, a day that encourages us to recognize the skills and tools children need to succeed in this world of science and technology. The importance of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) disciplines first began to gain national attention in the early 21st century, …

Connected Nation’s Director of Digital Inclusion Named to FCC Advisory Committee on Diversity and Digital Empowerment

Washington, DC (October 17, 2019) – The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) announced in June that the Advisory Committee on Diversity and Digital Empowerment (ACDDE) would be re-chartered. For the second time, Heather Gate, Director of Digital Inclusion, Connected Nation, has just been named to serve on the committee. “I was happy to learn that FCC Chairman Ajit Pai decided to …

Dividing Lines: A Discussion on What Digital Inclusion Means and Who is Being Left Out

Louisville, Ky. (October 3, 2019) – Imagine your life without access to broadband (high-speed internet). You couldn’t pay your bills online or access  your doctor’s appointments. You couldn’t search and apply for new jobs or, if you have kids, provide them with the resources needed to finish their homework.  You couldn’t easily look online to order cheaper goods or compare …

Working to Expand Diversity and Digital Empowerment in America

Lexington, KY. (July 23, 2019) – Digital inclusion is a cornerstone of Connected Nation’s mission to bring broadband (high-speed internet) access to all people — no matter where they live or where they began. The nonprofit’s Director of Digital Inclusion, Heather Gate, has worked for the last 13 years to help ensure that minority groups, women and children, and other …

Digital Divide: Lack of Internet Access May Affect Homework and Student Performance

Published by Macomb Daily on July 1st, 2019 By Norb Franz During the Great Recession, the demand for use of computers at the Warren Public Library was so high, patrons were limited to 30-minute sessions. Residents who had lost their jobs, cancelled internet service because they could no longer afford it or didn’t have a computer at home, desperately relied …

CAPITO, KLOBUCHAR LEGISLATION TO IMPROVE BROADBAND CONNECTIVITY PASSES SENATE

The following press release was issued on Sen. Shelley Moore Capito’s website on June 6, 2019  Update: As of June 10, 2019, the bill was referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.  Click here to the follow the latest on this bill. Bipartisan bill would call for a study of the effects of broadband deployment, adoption on the U.S. …

The UN wants to connect every adult in the world by 2030

The following was published in c|net on June 10, 2019  by Dhara Singh  Half the world still doesn’t have access to the internet, says UN Secretary-General António Guterres. At a time when countries are feuding over tariffs and trade agreements, Melinda Gates and Alibaba CEO Jack Ma feel optimistic that international cooperation will bridge the digital divide. The hope is that global collaboration …

AmeriCorps Digital Inclusion Computer Classes Offered at Libraries

Bowling Green, KY. (June 3, 2019) – For the months of June and July the AmeriCorps Digital Inclusion Initiative will host classes on computers and technology at the Southwest Harbor Public library and the Bass Harbor Memorial Library. The classes are for anyone who wants to learn basic computer skills, how to use different software programs as well as how to keep …

Looking at digital literacy through different lenses: Access and adoption, design, and digital equity

Published by Generocity on May 31, 2019 By Zarl Tarazona  When it comes to digital literacy, the issues of access, adoption, inclusion and equity need to be a part of the conversation. The digital divide — the gap between those who have access to technology and those who don’t — is often the hot topic within discussions about digital literacy. …