U.S. Governors taking steps to connect their residents

Bowling Green, Kentucky (February 2, 2023) –This past year was a landmark for closing the Digital Divide across the United States. On December 31, 2021, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) launched the Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP). According to FCC.gov, this program will serve as a “$14.2 billion successor program to the Emergency Broadband Benefit, which helped almost 9 million afford …

Connected Nation, network interconnection pioneer Hunter Newby form joint venture to build, operate Internet Exchange Points in 125+ regional hub communities across America

JV aims to ‘democratize’ network interconnection, establish carrier-neutral IXP facilities in unserved markets—including the 14 states that lack them Fort Lauderdale, Florida (January 30, 2023) – At the Metro Connect 2023 event in South Florida today, national nonprofit Connected Nation (CN) announced that it has formed a 50/50 joint venture (JV) with network interconnection pioneer Hunter Newby to pursue the …

Why the FCC’s new National Broadband Map is important to your community

Louisville, Ky. and Nashville, Tenn. (November 30, 2022) – The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) released the updated National Broadband Map on Friday, November 18. This map is critical for determining how much each state receives of federal funding for expanding broadband access to unserved and underserved communities. Tom Ferree, Chairman & CEO, Connected Nation, recently spoke with RFD-TV, a national …

Castro County residents invited to participate in new broadband survey

Castro County, Texas (September 28, 2022) – The Castro County Broadband Committee, in partnership with Connected Nation Texas (CN Texas), have launched a local broadband engagement. The committee is asking residents to participate in a brief survey designed to assess the community’s internet needs and usage. This engagement is the first step toward improving broadband adoption and access throughout the …

How this Michigan County maps a plan for better broadband

Leelanau County, Michigan (July 27, 2022) – Over the past couple years, Leelanau County, a small, rural community on the upper west peninsula of Michigan, has been in dire need of better broadband (high-speed internet) access for its residents. Like many other communities across the country, the issue of connection is at the top of its list of needed improvements. …

Artificially intelligent food systems: how it affects the American agriculture industry

Bowling Green, Kentucky (March 24, 2022) — We don’t often think of technology and connectivity as having a particularly profound impact on the food and agricultural products that we consume. However, connectivity and technology both have increasingly essential roles in producing, delivering, and preparing these products. One of the more impactful uses of technology in agriculture comes in the form …

Governor Abbott Reappoints Harris And Names Chair, Vice-Chair To Governor’s Broadband Development Council

The following press release was issued by the office of Gov. Greg Abbott on Friday, March 18 AUSTIN – Governor Greg Abbott has reappointed Jennifer Harris to the Governor’s Broadband Development Council for a term set to expire on August 31, 2024. Additionally, the Governor has named Marty Lucke as chair of the council and Harris as vice-chair. The council …

Connected Nation Texas Broadband Solutions Manager joins the panel “Rural Broadband and What it Means to You”

Abilene, TX (February 24, 2022) – Connected Nation Texas Broadband Solutions Manager, Sierra Sees, joined State Rep. Stan Lambert, Paul Beale from Taylor Telecom, and Terra New from West Central Texas COG on the “Rural Broadband and What it Means to You” panel at the Abilene Chamber of Commerce Farm Ranch and Wildlife Expo on Wednesday, February 23rd. “It’s always a …

Issue Media Group to Launch Rural Innovation eXchange

The following press release was issued by Issue Media Group on February 17, 2022. February 17, 2022 – Issue Media Group is excited to announce the company’s latest online media project – Rural Innovation eXchange (RIX). RIX will focus on the innovation, talent, entrepreneurship, social innovation and community development taking place in rural Michigan and feature the work of rural …

This is what’s changing – and what isn’t – about the Emergency Broadband Benefit as it becomes the Affordable Connectivity Program

Discounts on internet service will decrease for most, but the hope is more low-income households will enroll Bowling Green, Kentucky (February 9, 2022) – The new, federal broadband discount program might prove that “less really is more” as it lowers individual household internet discounts but seeks to register even more people in need. The Emergency Broadband Benefit (EBB) program was …