Moving the Needle: Closing the Internet Access Gap Among African Americans

Published on: February 19, 2019

(February 19, 2019) – Our credo affirms that everyone belongs in a Connected Nation. As we commemorate Black History Month, we can see where strides have been made in this effort, even as more improvements are needed. At a recent forum held by the Multicultural Media Caucus and Nielsen, participants noted that “African Americans are entering a technology-driven marketplace with …

Dept. of Interior Launches New Effort to Facilitate Broadband Development in Rural America

Published on: February 14, 2019

The following is a press release published by the Department of the Interior (DOI) on February 13, 2019 Contact: Interior_Press@ios.doi.gov WASHINGTON –In response to President Trump’s strategy to enhance broadband access in rural America, the U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) launched a new effort today designed to increase broadband internet access on federally-managed lands. The report and accompanying website provide information …

Meet the Man Who is Expanding Digital Inclusion to Communities of Color

Published on: February 12, 2019

Talking with Doug McCollough, the Chief Information Officer of the city of Dublin, Ohio, one thing becomes immediately apparent — he’s a public servant who believes in digital inclusion. “It’s criminal that people who could benefit from technology and its advances are not getting access to it,” said McCollough. “Our entire society is becoming more digital. When you look at …

OPINION: We Need a National Rural Broadband Plan

Published on: February 7, 2019

EDITOR’S NOTE: The following opinion piece was published by The New York Times on February 6, 2019.  It was written by Dr. Christopher Ali, an assistant professor at the University of Virginia.   Connected Nation’s CEO and Chairman, Tom Ferree, and Director of GIS Services, Ashley Hitt, met with Dr. Ali in July of 2018 when he took his research work on …

Why Being Left Out is Not an Option in the Digital Age

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Celebrating Black History Month  (February 7, 2019) –  As the Director of Digital Inclusion for Connected Nation, Heather Gate is quick to point out the tremendous power and opportunities that technology provides to communities – particularly historically disenfranchised minority communities. In this age of technology, “digital exclusion” means that disenfranchised communities, families and individuals are left further behind without access …

Connected Nation Response to the State of the Union Address

Published on: February 6, 2019

Bowling Green, Ky. (February 6, 2019) –  Connected Nation Chairman and CEO Tom Ferree released the following statement in response to President Donald Trump’s State of the Union Address: “We look forward to the efforts of the Trump Administration and the new Congress as they work together to build a better future for the millions of Americans who still find …

AUDIO: A Conversation with the Founder of Black Girls Code

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The following is a transcript from Broadband Conversation – a podcast hosted by FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel.  She talked with Kimberly Bryant, the founder of Black Girls Code, on October 31, 2018.  Bryant and Rosenwercel discussed “how we can encourage more girls, especially girls of color, to be interested in technology and how through that work we can help close the …

Connected Nation Named Finalist for National Award

Published on: February 4, 2019

Bowling Green, Ky. (February 4, 2019) – PR News has named Connected Nation a finalist in its Nonprofit Awards. The organization is among three finalists chosen in the brand/re-branding category. Connected Nation launched its new look and tagline “Everyone Belongs” in 2018 to more effectively demonstrate its commitment to creating an all-inclusive and diverse digital world. “Being an innovative, impactful …

African American History Makers in Technology

Published on: February 1, 2019

(February 1, 2019) – For more than a century, African Americans have been helping to shape the future of technology in our country. However, their contributions are often overlooked. Connected Nation’s mission to find innovative solutions to expand access to and boost the adoption of broadband (high-speed internet) and its related technologies is rooted in the idea that everyone belongs …

The Military Spouse Employment Plight

Published on: January 28, 2019

The following article was published in Forbes. Connected Nation has been working with military spouses and veterans to help close the below unemployment gap through our Digital Works program. To learn more about our recent efforts in the Fort Knox, Kentucky area, click here.   Several military spouses we’ve helped through our Digital Works program shared their stories with Connected Nation. Click …