How the USDA is Improving Rural Broadband Development Through Its ReConnect Program

Bowling Green, KY. (December 5, 2019) – Over the past couple months, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has invested in rural broadband development across the United States through its ReConnect Loan and Grant Program. According to the USDA, this program offers “unique federal financing options in the form of grants, loans, and combinations thereof to create or improve rural …

FCC Chairman Announces Plan to Launch $9 Billion 5G Fund for Rural America

The following is a press release issued by the FCC on December 4, 2019 5G Fund Would Replace Mobility Fund Phase II and Focus on Bringing the Most Advanced Wireless Services to Rural Areas WASHINGTON, December 4, 2019—Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai announced today that he intends to establish the 5G Fund, which would make up to $9 billion in …

The Importance of Tracking Technology in Our Schools

by Jessica Denson, Communications Director Salt Lake City, UT (December 3, 2019) – For the last two months, Utah school administrators, technology directors, teachers, and other key staff members have been taking part in an effort to inventory technology in both charter and public schools across the state. It may sound like a routine part of what school districts must …

New Report: Expanding Broadband, Digital Skills Critical to America’s Future

by Jessica Denson, Communications Director Connected Nation Louisville, Ky. (November 21, 2019) – The Benton Institute for Broadband & Society recently released a report that calls broadband (high-speed internet) “the most transformative technology of our generation.” It can grow the American economy, empower workers, and strengthen communities. “For many Americans, lack of broadband access means having less opportunity than their …

USDA Invests in the Expansion of Rural Education and Health Care Access

The following is a press release issued by USDA on November 20  Distance Learning and Telemedicine Investments will benefit 5.4 Million Rural Residents in 37 States, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands WASHINGTON, Nov. 20, 2019 – U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Deputy Under Secretary for Rural Development Donald “DJ” LaVoy today announced that USDA is investing $42.5 million …

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 …