The Changing Classroom in Utah: Technology in Weber School District – From Chalkboards to Chromebooks

Ogden, UT (November 12, 2019)– Alyssa Boydston is your typical sixth-grader. She attends Lomond View Elementary School located in Pleasant View and is really into sports. Boydston wants to be either a soccer player or engineer when she grows up, and she’s super excited about the upcoming sixth-grade dance—a 1950s-themed event. Boydston also has never known school without technology in …

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 …

Drones on the Farm

Bowling Green, KY. (August 2, 2019) – The U.N. estimates there will be over 9 billion people living on Earth by 2050. With the growing population and a loss of land capable of sustaining agricultural production, the ag industry has turned to new technology to help solve the growing problem of how to feed the world population. Ag producers around the world are …

FCC to hold big 5G auction, spend $20B for rural internet

Published by AP News on April 12th, 2019 By Tali Arbel NEW YORK (AP) — The U.S. government will hold a massive auction to bolster 5G service , the next generation of mobile networks, and plans to spend $20 billion to expand broadband access in rural areas. 5G will mean faster wireless speeds and has implications for technologies like self-driving …

Ivey to headline Alabama Summit on Rural Technology

Published by The West Alabama Watchman on March 25, 2019 LIVINGSTON, Ala.—The University of West Alabama has joined with AT&T to announce the second annual Alabama Summit on Rural Technology, set for April 12 on the UWA campus in Livingston, with Governor Kay Ivey delivering the keynote address. The event features a broad slate of experts who bring unique perspectives to …

North Carolina Bill to Use Coops to Expand Broadband

Published by The DailyAdvance.com on March 21, 2019 By Jon Hawley  Area lawmakers are backing new legislation that would help electric cooperatives offer broadband internet. Rep. Howard Hunter III, D-Hertford, is a primary sponsor of House Bill 387, which was introduced Tuesday and would remove restrictions on electric membership corporations supporting or providing broadband internet. Other primary sponsors include Republican House …

People to Know Nonprofits: Ashley Hitt

Published by Louisville Business First on March 15, 2019 By Kevin McGloshen Ashley Littell Hitt, director, GIS services, Connected Nation Years in current job: 12 Years in the nonprofit field: 15 What is the greatest need of your nonprofit organization? Likely similar to other nonprofits — funding. Most nonprofits typically have to do more with less than ideal resources, whether …

Despite Bipartisan Support, Accurate Broadband Data is Still Lacking

Bowling Green, KY. (March 14, 2019) – Perhaps one of the most bipartisan issues in today’s otherwise highly divisive Congress is the belief that our nation’s broadband maps are unreliable and need to be fixed. Last year, Sen. Roger Wicker (R-MS) and Sen. Maggie Hassan (D-NH) led a group of fellow Republicans and Democrats in writing a letter to the FCC …

Organizations partner to address rural broadband access

Published by Morgan County Herald on March 13, 2019 The National Association of Counties (NACo), the Rural Community Assistance Partnership (RCAP) and Rural LISC (Local Initiatives Support Corporation) have partnered to address the critical need for affordable high-speed internet for rural communities across the country. Together, the three organizations developed a mobile app that gives mobile phone users the power …

Broadband Bill Kicked Off Season

Published by Valdosta Daily Times on March 13, 2019 A broadband bill kicked off the legislative session. • HB 23 allows EMCs to provide broadband services, while prohibiting the cross-subsidization of the EMCs broadband services and its natural gas or electricity services. • It also prohibits EMCs disconnecting a user’s gas or electric service for their failure to pay for …