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

(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 …

Black History Maker in Technology: James Edward West

(February 14, 2019) – If you’ve recently made a call on your cell phone or listened to a great song, you should probably thank James Edward West. He developed the foil-electret microphone in 1962. It’s now used in almost all current microphones, including those found in most cell phones. According to The HistoryMakers* website, West was born in 1931 in …

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 …

Celebrating Black History Month: How Technology Can Help Uplift Minorities in Higher Education

Bowling Green, KY. (January 4, 2019) – There’s no denying that technology has changed the way we live. One area it has changed tremendously is higher education. Tech programs, services, and high-speed internet have helped different groups, including minority students, grow and develop a better sense of community and education. As a college student myself, I wanted to learn how this growth in …

Connected Nation Named Finalist for National Award

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 …