Nebraska achieves significant improvements to school connectivity, surpasses national average for student bandwidth

Lincoln, Nebraska (February 10, 2021) – Nebraska state and school district leaders have made huge strides in their efforts to improve school connectivity across the state, according to data published by nonprofit Connected Nation through its Connect K-12 program website. “To grow our state, we have to connect the next generation of Nebraskans with digital learning opportunities,” said Governor Pete …

2021 E-rate filing window announced, more than $4 billion available to support, improve school and library connectivity

Connect K-12 site offers free and transparent pricing, bandwidth data for school district and state leaders looking to maximize E-rate funding Washington, DC. (January 6, 2021) – Soon, school districts across the country can once again apply for federal E-rate funding to support and improve internet connectivity and classroom Wi-Fi.  The Universal Service Administration Company (USAC), which administers the program …

Wham! Connected Nation’s greatest hits of 2020

By Jessica Denson, Communications DirectorConnected Nation Bowling Green, KY (December 14, 2020) – Every year, during the holidays, my friends circulate this ridiculous challenge — try not to be “Whammed!” Basically, the person who goes the longest without hearing the original version of “Last Christmas” by Wham! wins. We’re not the only ones. The challenge is so popular that it …

Policy Brief: FCC Announces Special E-rate Filing Window for School District Bandwidth Upgrades 

On September 16, acknowledging the disruptions caused by COVID-19 and the new reliance on remote learning by school districts, the FCC directed the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) to open a second E-rate filing window for Funding Year 2020 (FY2020). The window opened Monday, September 21 and will close on Friday, October 16 at 11:59 p.m. EDT. This new window …

Policy Brief: FCC Extends E-Rate Deadlines Due to COVID-19

Washington, DC (April 2, 2020) – Yesterday, the FCC voted to adopt an Order extending E-Rate Program deadlines in light of the COVID-19 pandemic and its effect on schools and libraries across the country. The FCC stated that “to provide relief to E-Rate program participants affected by this unprecedented national pandemic, we temporarily waive and extend several E-Rate filing and …

Lessons Learned: How Utah’s Public Schools are Tracking and Improving Technology in the Classroom

“A great model for state school systems to replicate” Salt Lake City, Utah (March 13, 2020) – Connected Nation (CN) recently partnered with Utah Education and Telehealth Network (UETN) for the third iteration of the statewide Utah School Technology Inventory. The national nonprofit has worked in partnership the Utah Education and Telehealth Network (UETN) since 2015 to track how technology …

The Future of Connected Nation: Emerging Broadband Issues

Washington, DC – Connected Nation’s Board of Directors recently came together in Washington, D.C. to discuss progress made and what still needs to be done to connect more communities to broadband (high-speed internet). The technology provides access to resources and opportunities that include better healthcare, educational opportunities, job training and placement, government services, and so much more.  RFD-TV, a broadcast …

EducationSuperHighway Partners with Connected Nation to Carry Forward its Mission

Bowling Green, Ky. (January 14, 2020) – Connected Nation (CN) has been selected by EducationSuperHighway to carry forward its mission to ensure state and school district leaders have the information they need to improve school broadband (high-speed internet) connectivity. This will be made possible through a new tool—Connect K-12—that will equip them with key information and analytics needed to improve …

Texas’ Digital Divide: The State of Broadband in Texas’ Rural Communities

Published by Fiscal Notes on October 22, 2019 By Lauren Mulverhill More than 2 million Texas households don’t have high-speed internet. While most of our city dwellers can access broadband, even urban Texas has pockets without it; Laredo and Brownsville hold the top two spots on a list of the nation’s worst-connected cities (PDF). But Texas’ vast rural areas are …

Worlds Apart: How One Woman Went From Having High-Speed Internet Access to Living a Rural Nightmare

Bowling Green KY. (August 7, 2019) – Imagine being able to access high-speed internet for most of your life, then it is all taken after one move. This is the reality for Janice Forler. Access is no longer available to her due to poor connection and the lack of broadband (high-speed internet) infrastructure in rural Ohio. Before moving to Meigs …