A: Connected Nation is a nonprofit, 501(c)3, working to develop and provide tools, resources, and methods to help local communities, states, and federal agencies create and implement solutions to their broadband (high-speed internet) and digital technology gaps.
MAPPING & ANALYSIS
A: Better and more accurate mapping helps policymakers, city planners, politicians, providers, and others understand where and how to reach those families, businesses, farmers, and others who are unserved or underserved by current broadband connections. We believe everyone belongs in a Connected Nation, so our mapping initiatives are designed to inform and advance the understanding and utilization of broadband services in the nation. The maps and analysis that Connected Nation produces for any given state or region are products that are imperative to good policymaking, informed business planning, and smart, effective broadband investment.
CONNECTED NATION'S PROGRAMS
Connected Community Engagement This program is focused on helping communities develop Technology Action Plans to identify the challenges and solutions to expanding broadband (high-speed internet) access, adoption, and use in their specific community. This work includes surveys of residents, educators, business owners, farmers, economic organizations, and others, coupled with information gathered from providers and our data and mapping department to more accurately outline the broadband landscape of a community and identify a series of recommendations that would work based on the community being assessed.
Digital Inclusion Our programs continue to evolve as technology changes to ensure that no one is left on the wrong side of the Digital Divide. Some of our projects that have focused on digital inclusion, ranging from Computers 4 Kids, an initiative designed to leverage technology for the benefit of vulnerable children, to Every Citizen Online, a program that provided free computer instructor-based training at public libraries, community colleges, community organizations, and educational centers.
Digital Works This program provides digital literacy and job training, job placement assistance, and career mentorship. Digital Works connects people to leading-edge customer support and IT jobs for global corporations as well as the opportunity for advanced careers. Many program graduates benefit from the telework opportunities available with our various employer partners. Trainees without internet access at home or those who prefer a more traditional office environment can choose to work from a Digital Works facility when available in his or her community.
Transforming Education Connected Nation believes that a key aspect of closing the Digital Divide is to ensure that our children have adequate access to the latest technology in schools, regardless of school type or demographic makeup. We work to connect students and teachers across the country through several programs, such as providing School Technology Assessments for districts and state education departments and handling the deployment of high-tech devices for AT&T’s ConnectEd project. Learn more about the ways we’re helping transform education.