USDA Invests $86 Million in Rural Broadband Service in Eight States Including Iowa

Published on: June 25, 2020

The following was a press release issued by the USDA on June 24, 2020 WASHINGTON, June 24, 2020 – The Trump Administration today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is investing $86 million in rural broadband service(PDF, 110 KB) for 17,000 people and businesses in eight states. “Access to high-speed broadband internet, or e-Connectivity, is a cornerstone of prosperity anywhere, …

Connected Nation Names Vice President to Lead Connect K-12 Initiative

Published on: June 22, 2020

New initiative will help school districts increase internet capacity, secure better pricing Bowling Green, Ky. (June 22, 2020) – Connected Nation (CN) has named Emily Jordan as Vice President of its new Connect K-12 initiative, which aims to improve school connectivity nationally. Jordan will, among other things, lead the launch of a new online tool later this year that will …

FCC APPROVES ELEVENTH SET OF COVID-19 TELEHEALTH PROGRAM APPLICATIONS

Published on: June 18, 2020

The following is a press release issued by the Federal Communications Commission on June 17, 2020 WASHINGTON, June 17, 2020—The Federal Communications Commission’s Wireline Competition Bureau today approved an additional 62 funding applications for the COVID-19 Telehealth Program. Health care providers in both urban and rural areas of the country will use this $23.25 million in funding to provide telehealth …

Healthcare From Anywhere

Published on: June 17, 2020

The coronavirus pandemic took the need for telehealth from a “luxury” to a necessity. But, for many, there are challenges and untapped opportunities for accessing this important technology. Connected Nation Michigan (CN Michigan) released a comprehensive telehealth study just days before COVID-19 closures. As part of this work, Connected Nation is hosting a five-part webinar series examining the transformative impact …

Why the Challenges of Telehealth Are Not Just About Access

Published on: May 12, 2020

by Jessica Denson, Communications DirectorConnected Nation Louisville, KY and Yukon, OK (May 12, 2020) – “I have a cell phone but not one of those fancy smart phones, and I don’t have a computer with a camera so how did they expect me to do a doctor’s appointment like that?” That’s my dad, Jim Denson, on the phone railing about …

Director at Michigan Public Service Commission Honored with National Broadband Visionary Award

Published on: April 28, 2020

Lansing, MI (April 28, 2020) – Connected Nation (CN) honored Robin Ancona, Director, Telecommunications Division, Michigan Public Service Commission (MPSC) today with the 2020 Broadband Visionary Award. This prestigious national award recognizes individuals who demonstrate exceptional and innovative leadership in the application of broadband and related technologies. “Robin has worked tirelessly to find innovative solutions for connecting more families and …

USDA Reviewing Applications From 41 States to Expand Rural Broadband in Second Round of ReConnect Pilot Program

Published on: April 23, 2020

The following was a stakeholder announcement issued by the USDA on April 22, 2020 WASHINGTON, April 22, 2020 – U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Deputy Under Secretary Bette Brand today announced that USDA has received 172 applications requesting $1.57 billion in the second round of the ReConnect Pilot Program. The applications seek funding to provide or upgrade rural broadband serviceacross 41 …

COVID-19 Response Plans for Connecting More Residents, Businesses at the State and Community Level

Published on: April 21, 2020

Bowling Green, Ky. (April 21, 2020) – Connected Nation (CN) is providing a new resource for state and community leaders that will help them identify immediate and simple solutions for connecting more residents and businesses during COVID-19 quarantines. “When local and state leaders began to implement shut down and ‘social distancing’ orders now nearly a month ago, we responded by …

Resources and Solutions to Providing Connectivity for Those Stuck in the Digital Divide

Published on: April 8, 2020

Virtual (April 8, 2020) – Coronavirus has changed how Americans work and learn—but for millions of families and individuals, that change means being unable to access the critical resources they desperately need. Connected Nation (CN) is a national nonprofit based in Bowling Green, Kentucky, that has advocated for improving access to broadband (high-speed internet) for nearly two decades—and it has …

Policy Brief: FCC Extends E-Rate Deadlines Due to COVID-19

Published on: April 2, 2020

Washington, DC (April 2, 2020) – Yesterday, the FCC voted to adopt an Order extending E-Rate Program deadlines in light of the COVID-19 pandemic and its effect on schools and libraries across the country. The FCC stated that “to provide relief to E-Rate program participants affected by this unprecedented national pandemic, we temporarily waive and extend several E-Rate filing and …