FCC Authorizes Nearly $62 Million in Funding for Rural Broadband

The following press release was issued on October 10, 2019 by the FCC on its website. WASHINGTON —The Federal Communications Commission today authorized over $61.8 million in funding over the next decade to expand broadband to nearly 22,000 unserved rural homes and businesses in 14 states, representing the sixth wave of support from last year’s successful Connect America Fund Phase II …

Connected Nation’s Director of Digital Inclusion Named to FCC Advisory Committee on Diversity and Digital Empowerment

Washington, DC (October 17, 2019) – The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) announced in June that the Advisory Committee on Diversity and Digital Empowerment (ACDDE) would be re-chartered. For the second time, Heather Gate, Director of Digital Inclusion, Connected Nation, has just been named to serve on the committee. “I was happy to learn that FCC Chairman Ajit Pai decided to …

Study Reveals Ramifications of Limited Rural Broadband Service On American Farmers

The following release and study were published this week by the United Soybean Board. Click here to read the original post.  ST. LOUIS (October 9, 2019) — A new study commissioned by the United Soybean Board (USB) reveals the lack of access to broadband in rural areas takes a significant toll on American farmers and the economy. According to “Rural Broadband …

New U.S. Census Findings: Number of Households Without Internet Access

Bowling Green, KY (October 9, 2019) – In late September, the United States Census Bureau released new data from 2018 American Community Survey (ACS). This includes the number of households that currently do not have any internet service (including no dial-up, fixed broadband, mobile-only, anything). The numbers are listed below. The bold text represents the states that Connected Nation has …

The Future of Digital Healthcare

Lansing MI (October 9, 2019) – In today’s society, healthcare is not always accessible. Factors like insurance, distance from proper healthcare facilities, and time constraints can keep people from getting quality healthcare. But staff members from Connected Nation Michigan (CN Michigan), a local subsidiary of Connected Nation (CN), are working to change that by partnering with AARP and the Michigan …

USDA Invests $152 Million to Improve Broadband Service in 14 States

  USDA Invests $152 Million to Improve Broadband Service in 14 States Projects will Provide High-Speed Communications Technology to Support Economic and Educational Opportunities WASHINGTON, Oct. 7, 2019 – U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Deputy Under Secretary for Rural Development Donald “DJ” LaVoy today announced that USDA is investing $152 million in 19 projects (PDF, 121 KB) to provide or …

STUDY: How Telemedicine Can Make Older Adults Healthier

The Technology May Also Improve Mortality Rates by Jessica Denson, Communications Director Connected Nation Louisville, Ky. (October 3, 2019) – New research published by the Journal of American Geriatrics Society points to telemedicine as a way to improve health outcomes in older adults.   The study reviewed current articles and data on telemedicine with a focus on older adults—those who are …

Increasing Broadband Investment in Low-Income Communities

An Update to the FCC Broadband Deployment Advisory Committee by Jessica Denson, Communications Director Connected Nation Washington, D.C. (September 26, 2019) – The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is tackling some big issues surrounding high-speed internet access in the U.S. with the help of its Broadband Deployment Advisory Committee (BDAC). Those include disaster response and recovery, broadband infrastructure deployment, job skills …

New Data: Telecommuting Could Save $700B Yearly Across the US

by Jessica Denson, Communications Director Connected Nation Louisville, Ky. (September 24, 2019) – The number of people working-at-home regularly has grown 159 percent since 2005. That’s eleven times faster than the rest of the workforce. Some other staggering numbers: 40 percent more US employers offered flexible workplace options than they did five years ago; 4.7 million employees (3.4 percent of …

A Parched Country: Study Shows Digital Deserts Exist

by Jessica Denson, Communications Director Connected Nation Louisville, Ky. (September 18, 2019) – Take a close look at the map (figure 1) to your right. Everything in gray is an area without a single internet service provider (ISP)—these are what we refer to as “Digital Deserts.” Each gray area is filled with families, businesses, libraries and schools, and whole communities …