Connected Nation CEO Tom Ferree responds to President Joe Biden’s first State of the Union Address

Washington, DC (March 1, 2022) – Tom Ferree, Chairman & CEO, Connected Nation, issued the following statement in response to President Joe Biden’s first State of the Union Address: “Tonight, President Biden outlined his administration’s ambitious goal to make broadband access available and affordable to every home in America.  For more than two decades, our organization has been singularly focused on …

Connected Nation congratulates Jessica Rosenworcel on her Senate confirmation as permanent FCC Chair

Washington, DC (December 8, 2021) – Tom Ferree, Chairman & CEO of Connected Nation, issued the following statement congratulating Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel on her confirmation by the United States Senate:  “Yesterday marked a significant milestone in our nation’s tech and telecom policy history with the Senate confirmation of Jessica Rosenworcel to a new term, which will …

Connected Nation to host national conversation on the Digital Divide with live expert panels from coast-to-coast

Washington, DC (November 10, 2021) – Connected Nation is celebrating 20 years of service by hosting an historic event taking place in one week nationally. “Today we find ourselves at a most unprecedented time; not only is there a better, more unified understanding of why we must close the Digital Divide, but there is now the equally extraordinary, and necessary, …

Connected Nation applauds designation of Jessica Rosenworcel as FCC Chair, Gigi Sohn as new FCC Commissioner, Alan Davidson as head of NTIA

Washington, DC (October 27, 2021) – Tom Ferree, Chairman & CEO of Connected Nation, issued the following statement congratulating Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Acting Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel, Gigi Sohn, and Alan Davidson on their appointments to FCC and NTIA leadership positions:  “We commend President Biden for his selection of Jessica Rosenworcel to become permanent chair of the FCC. Throughout her …

It’s time for a full-color approach to solving the nation’s broadband problem

As the pandemic recedes, we’ve learned that universal access to the online world, through broadband service, is essential for participation in modern American life. The urgency to create full broadband coverage echoes past programs to develop nationwide networks for electricity, telephone, and interstate highways. Each of those ushered in major changes and improvements in communities across the country. Broadband is …

How Connected Nation is tackling the high rates of unemployment among military spouses and veterans

Frankfort, KY (June 16, 2021) – The nation’s military spouses face some of the highest unemployment rates in the country. Recognizing the need to take action Connected Nation (CN), through its Digital Works (DW) program has been  working to change that.  This afternoon, CN Chairman & CEO, Tom Ferree, along with Executive Vice President of Planning and Development, Chris Pedersen, …

Connected Nation Issues Statement on the Resignation of FCC Chairman Ajit Pai

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (December 2, 2020) – Connected Nation Chairman and CEO, Tom Ferree, issued the following statement regarding Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Ajit Pai’s announcement that he will be leaving the agency on January 20, 2021. “On behalf of Connected Nation, I would like to recognize and applaud Chairman Pai for his distinguished years of public service with …

Connected Nation Praises Final Passage of the Broadband DATA Act, Commends Senate Commerce Chairman Wicker, House Energy & Commerce Chairman Pallone for their Leadership

Washington, DC (March 10, 2020) – Connected Nation (CN) praised the final passage of the Broadband DATA Act (S.1822) in the U.S. Senate today, after the bill cleared the House of Representatives by unanimous consent on March 3. The national nonprofit believes that progress toward closing the Digital Divide in the United States cannot be achieved without accurate and precise …

Digital Works at Fort Campbell Seeks to Lower High Unemployment Rate among Military Spouses

Oak Grove, Ky. (February 13, 2020) – The good news for 2020 is that the economy is booming. The U.S. labor market added 225,000 jobs in January and wages climbed 3.1 percent from a year earlier. Eric Winograd, senior economist at AllianceBernstein, told the Wall Street Journal that “the labor market and the consumer are the strength of the economy …

VIDEO: The USDA Answers Your Questions on Funding for Rural Broadband

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has begun taking applications for the second round of $550 million in ReConnect Program in grants and loans for rural broadband expansion.  But there have been questions from state and local leaders, small internet service providers, and community stakeholders about how to apply and who would qualify for this funding. That’s why Connected Nation recently …