Why Digital Inclusion is About Equality

Published on: January 21, 2019

Louisville, Ky. (Jan. 21, 2019) – Today, our nation officially recognizes the role Martin Luther King Jr. played in leading the civil rights movement during the 1960s and the terrible price he paid for being an advocate for equality. He was a Baptist minister who was born in Atlanta — the cradle of the South and of segregation. Despite the …

Broadband Service Expanding in Milton Township in Cass County

Published on: January 15, 2019

Published by South Bend Tribune on January 14, 2019 by Mary Beth Spalding Cass County, Mich. –  High-speed internet in one pocket of Cass County will get a boost this year as Milton Township invests in rolling out more fiber. The township board voted this past December to award $75,000 to Midwest Energy & Communications of Cassopolis to install five …

Broadband Access Map Unveiled in Kansas

Published on: January 14, 2019

Published by KSNT.COM on January 11, 2019 by Kelly Saberi TOPEKA, Kan. (KSNT) – Local leaders met at the state capitol today to improve broadband access across the state. A map was unveiled for the first time on Friday that illustrates broadband availability across the state. This is something local leaders said they have tried to develop for over 20 years. …

Connected Nation Salutes the American Farm Bureau Federation on its Centennial: Celebrating 100 Years as the Voice of Agriculture

Published on: January 10, 2019

Bowling Green, Ky. (January 10, 2019) – As the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) hosts its annual convention in New Orleans January 11-16, Connected Nation celebrates the AFBF’s remarkable 100-year history of leadership and innovation in rural communities and for the farmers and ranchers that provide America’s safe and plentiful supply of healthy food and related agricultural products. For more …

Times’ Rural Economics Analysis Omits a Wealth of Options

Published on: December 21, 2018

Published by The Daily Yonder on December 18, 2018 by Roberto Gallardo New York Times writer Eduardo Porter says it’s time to face “hard truths” about the rural economy – it may not be fixable. Roberto Gallardo, who has worked in rural communities on digital development and inclusion, says Porter’s cold-hearted analysis leaves out lots of different approaches. EDITOR’S NOTE: This …

Congress, USDA Take Action to Help Rural America

Published on: December 14, 2018

Bowling Green, Ky. (December 14, 2018) – Two important actions took place this week that will help provide relief for America’s families, businesses, farmers and ranchers, and small communities. Lawmakers passed the Agricultural Improvement Act of 2018, also known as the Farm Bill, and the United State Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced how $600 million in loans and grants will …

USDA Launches New Program to Create High-Speed Internet e-Connectivity in Rural America

Published on: December 13, 2018

The following is a press release issued by the USDA.  WASHINGTON, Dec. 13, 2018 – Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue today announced that the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) is offering up to $600 million in loans and grants to help build broadband infrastructure in rural America. Telecommunications companies, rural electric cooperatives and utilities, internet service providers and municipalities may apply …

Telemedicine Demand Spurs Rural Broadband Push in Texas

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Published by Politico on December 12, 2018 by Renuka Rayasam AUSTIN, Texas — Texas Republicans don’t usually look to Lyndon Johnson for inspiration. But the need for improved broadband services in rural areas — to spread telemedicine, viewed as the next frontier of medicine — has caused some to look to the former president’s efforts to connect those same areas …

Computer Science Education Week: Why It Matters Now More Than Ever

Published on: December 5, 2018

“Computer science is one of the few policy issues that can address both foundational education needs and workforce development demands for a state’s future workforce.” ~Code.org Advocacy Coalition The evolution of technology has created new and exciting opportunities for us to achieve the unimaginable and reach heights that were once beyond our grasp. With computing technology, a cardiologist can perform …

Mapping the Digital Divide: How GIS is Impacting Lives

Published on: November 14, 2018

November 14, 2018 – Today we recognize GIS Day, established in 1999 to show how location intelligence through the use of geographic information systems (GIS) touches everyone. It is now a global event that demonstrates how far GIS extends into people’s lives and provides a forum for users to showcase their unique accomplishments using GIS. Connected Nation uses GIS to better …