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

“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

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 …

The Future of Rural: Examining Texas Communities

College Station, TX (November 13, 2018) – Across Texas, community leaders, families, business owners, and others are taking part in watch parties for the “Future of Rural Texas symposium,” which is being hosted by the Texas Tribune newspaper. The event covers issues that impact rural Texas, from health care to education to broadband expansion. Many of the discussions mimic the problems seen in …

Better Broadband Mapping for More Informed Citizens

Louisville, Ky. (October 18, 2018) – As International Digital Inclusion Week continues (October 15-19, 2018), we at Connected Nation are working diligently to improve lives by providing innovative solutions that expand the access, adoption, and use of high-speed internet and its related technologies to all people – we believe that everyone belongs in a Connected Nation. However, as International Digital …

Using Digital Inclusion to Fight Extreme Poverty         

Much can be said about how technology has transformed the world. More importantly, the internet and other broadband-related technologies have empowered us to reach heights that were unfathomable less than 50 years ago. Today we are able to stay connected not only in our neighborhoods and communities, but with people across the world. We can send money across the globe …

900 Jobs and Counting: Digital Works Reaches Major Milestone

Bowling Green, Ky. (October 17, 2018) – Connected Nation is celebrating its 900th job placement through its Digital Works℠ (DW) program. This one-of-a-kind job-creation program, launched in 2013, was developed specifically to meet the growing demand for online and digitally trained workers. “This is an extraordinary milestone for us, and we are very proud of the hard work and impact …

Iowa: Rural Broadband, and the Unknown Costs of the Digital Divide

Published in the Columbia Journalism Review on October 15, 2018 Article by Lyz Lenz The last time I almost died was in February. A late winter thaw had made me overconfident in the roads, and so I’d gone out in search of an abandoned pioneer church just outside of Cedar Rapids, Iowa. One hour into the journey and I was …

Iowa: Rural Broadband, and the Unknown Costs of the Digital Divide

Published in the Columbia Journalism Review on October 15, 2018 Article by Lyz Lenz The last time I almost died was in February. A late winter thaw had made me overconfident in the roads, and so I’d gone out in search of an abandoned pioneer church just outside of Cedar Rapids, Iowa. One hour into the journey and I was …

Iowa: Rural Broadband, and the Unknown Costs of the Digital Divide

Published in the Columbia Journalism Review on October 15, 2018 Article by Lyz Lenz The last time I almost died was in February. A late winter thaw had made me overconfident in the roads, and so I’d gone out in search of an abandoned pioneer church just outside of Cedar Rapids, Iowa. One hour into the journey and I was …

Why YOU Should Care About Digital Inclusion

Louisville, Ky. (October 15, 2018) – Before I started working at Connected Nation, the terms “digital exclusion” and “Digital Divide” never crossed my mind. Why would they? I have fast, reliable internet access pretty much any time I want it. I use it every single day. Among dozens of other tasks I do online, I pay my bills, track my …