FCC Authorizes Nearly $62 Million in Funding for Rural Broadband

The following press release was issued on October 10, 2019 by the FCC on its website. WASHINGTON —The Federal Communications Commission today authorized over $61.8 million in funding over the next decade to expand broadband to nearly 22,000 unserved rural homes and businesses in 14 states, representing the sixth wave of support from last year’s successful Connect America Fund Phase II …

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 …

Lack of Broadband Costs Rural Texas

Waco, TX (October 8, 2019) –Rural Texas communities have found themselves on the wrong end of the Digital Divide and people are tired of waiting for access. Last week, Eric Frederick, VP of Community Affairs, Connected Nation, spoke with the Texas Farm Bureauabout how lack of broadband (high-speed internet)access hurts rural Texans. “There are a number of different problems that …

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 …

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 …

FCC Approves $950M to Harden, Improve, and Expand Broadband Networks in Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands

The following press release was issued on the FCC’s website on September 26, 2019  Media Contact: Mark Wigfield, (202) 418-0253 mark.wigfield@fcc.gov Investment Will Boost High-Speed Internet Access on Islands  WASHINGTON, September 26, 2019—The Federal Communications Commission today approved $950 million in funding to improve, expand, and harden communications networks in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Two years ago, …

POLICY BRIEF: An Update to Broadband Funding in Michigan

Lansing, MI. (September 24,2019) – This month, Connected Nation’s Michigan team and Policy staff worked to summarize federal funding for the State of Michigan by looking at the various programs impacting broadband deployment over the next decade. The FCC’s Connect America Fund subsidy programs, as well as USDA’s ReConnect Program will invest millions of dollars to expand access for unserved …

‘San Antonio, Midland, Austin, McCamey—people are tired of waiting for broadband’

by Jessica Denson, Director of Communications Connected Nation McCamey, TX (September 19, 2019) – Clayton Walker knows the Texas landscape well. For years, he’s been doing some of the heavy lifting that’s needed to expand broadband across the Lone Star State. “It takes me and my crews about one day to put about a mile of aerial fiber up and …

FCC Sets $112 Million for Rural Broadband Funding in 9 States

Published by Multichannel News on September 16th, 2019 By Gary Arlen Fifth wave of Connect America funding will target 48,000 unserved rural homes and businesses The Federal Communications Commission has authorized more than $112.2 million during the next decade to expand broadband to about 48,000 unserved rural homes and businesses. The grants, announced on Thursday, will go to 16 projects …