USDA Invests $9.75 Million in Rural Broadband for South Carolina Families

For Immediate Release on October 22, 2019  By USDA (Orangeburg, SC, Oct. 22, 2019) – Today, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has invested $9,750,000 in high-speed broadband infrastructure that will create or improve rural e-Connectivity for 3,911 rural households in South Carolina. This is one of many funding announcements in the first …

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 …

Study Reveals Ramifications of Limited Rural Broadband Service on American Farmers

The following release and study were published this week by the United Soybean Board. Click here to read the original post.  ST. LOUIS (October 9, 2019) — A new study commissioned by the United Soybean Board (USB) reveals the lack of access to broadband in rural areas takes a significant toll on American farmers and the economy. According to “Rural Broadband …

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 …

New U.S. Census Findings: Number of Households Without Internet Access

In addition to U.S. Census Shares New Broadband Adoption Data Bowling Green, KY (October 9, 2019) – In late September, the United States Census Bureau released new data from 2018 American Community Survey (ACS). This includes the number of households that currently do not have any internet service (including no dial-up, fixed broadband, mobile-only, anything). The numbers are listed below. …

The Cost of Being Disconnected

Austin, TX (October 3, 2019) – Last week, Connected Nation Staff members headed to Austin, Texas, for the 2019 Texas Tribune Festival. This festival is one of the nation’s largest political gatherings, with over 8,300 people in attendance to discuss politics and policies that affect our communities, schools, work, and everyday lives. Connected Nation Texas State Program Director Jennifer Harris …

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 …

U.S. Department of Commerce Invests to Advance Broadband-Focused Disaster Resiliency Efforts In Jasper, Texas

The following is a press release published on the U.S. Economic Development Administration’s website on September 19, 2019  Contact: EDA Public Affairs Department, (202) 482-4085 September 19, 2019 WASHINGTON – Today, the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration (EDA) is awarding a $600,000 grant to the Deep East Texas Council of Governments, Jasper, Texas, to help complete an engineering …