What a Texas School District Can Teach the Nation About Connecting and Educating a Generation of Kids

“Internet access is no longer a luxury. It’s something that every kid should be provided with.”       By Jessica Denson, Communications DirectorConnected Nation Lockhart, TX (September 24, 2020) – Mark Estrada, superintendent of Lockhart Independent School District, says the first day of in-person classes went pretty well considering the COVID-19 pandemic — with about 45 percent of students inside the …

Rep. Clardy “Equal access is the right thing to do regardless of race, color, creed, religion, or geographic location.”

Connected Nation Texas recently asked Rep. Travis Clardy (R-Nacogdoches) and other lawmakers to share their thoughts on why expanding high-speed internet to more Texas homes, businesses, and communities is important and explain what action is taking place at the state level to improve connectivity. Rep. Clardy joined us via Zoom to share why he believes access to broadband is not …

Charter Communications Pledges to Keep Americans Connected

Bowling Green, KY (March 18, 2020) – As the effects of coronavirus continue to impact our country, access to high-speed internet is at an all-time high. In the coming weeks, much of the U.S. population will be required to work/learn remotely from home. Charter Communications and other broadband service providers are working hard to keep their customers connected to the internet …

Alcona County Seeks to Expand Internet Access

The following was published in The Alpena News on March 12, 2020 by Crystal Nelson  HARRISVILLE — Alcona County’s newly established Economic Development Corp. would like to see high-speed internet more easily accessible to businesses and residents throughout the county. Chairman Doug Cheek said there are various amounts of fiber, one type of infrastructure used to provide internet services, “dotted” around the …

How Telemedicine Can Solve the U.S. Rural Health Crisis

Published by AcademyHealth By Alisahah Cole, M.D. Patrice Walker, M.D. (February 5, 2020) – Telemedicine is an essential part of the solution to America’s rural health crisis. It reduces travel and cost barriers while expanding the availability of basic and specialized care in areas with severe shortages of health providers. But the sad truth is that, too often, the communities that would …

Surveys could help expand high-speed internet into rural areas

Published by the DailyTrib.com By Daniel Clifton With more than 100 people — government officials, business owners, residents — packed into the meeting room at the Pedernales Electric Cooperative’s Marble Falls office January 31, it was clear that rural broadband internet access matters. “Our area needs broadband. Period,” said Burnet County Judge James Oakley at the start of the stakeholders …

USDA Invests $7.9 Million in Rural Broadband for North Carolina Families

The following press release was issued by USDA on December 11, 2019 BOLTON, N.C., Dec. 11, 2019 – Today, North Carolina Rural Development State Director Robert Hosford announced USDA has invested $7.9 million in high-speed broadband infrastructure to create or improve e-Connectivity for more than 4,000 rural households in North Carolina. This is one of many funding announcements in the first …

Expanding High-Speed Internet Access to All Ohioans: Input Needed to Include Your Community

Columbus, OH (October 10, 2019) – Connected Nation Ohio (CN Ohio) is using online and printed surveys to gather data and input from communities about their broadband (high-speed internet) access. This data will be used to identify the areas that lack access to affordable, high-speed internet and to find solutions to expand that access. “We are laser-focused on identifying exactly where the …

Lack of Internet access holds rural communities, students back

The following was published in the Valley Journal on September 25, 2019  by Dennis Parman, Executive Director of the Montana Rural Education Association  Across Montana, thousands of students are headed back to school to begin a new year of learning and growth. Unfortunately, many students in rural Montana remain at risk of falling behind due to the lack of broadband …

How Connected Nation Ohio is Working to Bring Better Broadband Access to the Buckeye State

Columbus, OH (September 18, 2019) – Over the past couple years, rural areas of Ohio have struggled to keep a good broadband connection. Connected Nation Ohio has been working to change that. On Tuesday Sept. 17, Chris McGovern, Connected Nation’s Director of Research Development, did an interview with the WOSU “All Sides” radio show with Ann Fisher. During this interview, …