From billions of dollars in new funding to mandatory minimum speeds, why NOW is an unprecedented time for broadband expansion in America

By Eric Frederick, Vice President, Community AffairsConnected Nation I recently looked up “how much is a billion?” It’s a difficult number to comprehend. The most common answer is that it’s a thousand million. Another answer is that a billion seconds is equivalent to 31 and a half years. It’s quite the sum. Now, try to imagine a billion times 365 …

POLICY BRIEF: FCC Adopts Final Rules for the Emergency Connectivity Fund

Washington, DC (May 14, 2021) – In response to the at-home connectivity inequities exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) unanimously adopted rules for the distribution of the Emergency Connectivity Fund (ECF) on May 10. In accordance with the rules, the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) will administrate the ECF Program separately from the E-rate program, yet …

Connected Nation applauds Emergency Broadband Benefit Program as it officially opens to US families, individuals

The FCC-administered program provides discounts on internet service and related equipment to eligible households Bowling Green, Ky. (May 12, 2021) – Today, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) officially opened enrollment for the Emergency Broadband Benefit Program (EBB Program) to qualifying applicants. “Millions of Americans are still struggling with everything from remote work to distance learning to telehealth simply because they …

Summit offers new insights about the future of telehealth, rural broadband in America

“This is the biggest opportunity to expand access to the internet since the internet was invented.” Virtual event (May 5, 2021) – Experts and industry insiders recently came together to discuss the ways the coronavirus pandemic is impacting the future of telehealth—and how it’s highlighted the need to expand and improve rural broadband. “Those companies that didn’t necessarily see themselves …

FCC announces start date of Emergency Broadband Benefit Program

EBB enrollment will open on May 12, 2021 The following press release was issued by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) on April 29, 2021 WASHINGTON, April 29, 2021—Today, FCC Acting Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel announced the start date of the Emergency Broadband Benefit Program. As of May 12, 2021, eligible households will be able to enroll in the Program to receive …

Statement from Connected Nation Chairman & CEO Thomas W. Ferree on President Biden’s Address to Congress

Washington, DC. (April 29, 2021) – Thomas W. Ferree, Chairman & CEO of Connected Nation, released the following statement regarding President Joe Biden’s address to a joint session of Congress last night: “We were heartened to hear President Biden reiterate his commitment to seeking $100 billion in his infrastructure plan to ensure that every American has access to robust broadband, …

How America’s school districts can improve their internet connectivity for digital learning in every classroom, every day

47% of school districts nationwide, representing 15.4 million students, are meeting the FCC’s recommended bandwidth per student Washington, DC (April 21, 2021) – Less than half of America’s school districts are meeting the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) recommended bandwidth of 1 Mpbs per student. Just 47% of school districts are meeting that goal according to data published through Connected Nation’s …

FCC COVID-19 Telehealth Program application portal to open April 29

The following press release was issued by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) on April 15, 2021 Round 2 of Telehealth Program Will Provide an Additional $249 Million to Support Health Care Providers and Patients In All 50 States, DC, and Territories WASHINGTON, April 15, 2021—The Federal Communications Commission’s Wireline Competition Bureau will begin accepting applications for Round 2 of the …

The nation’s top 10 states for school internet connectivity

43 governors commit to increasing school bandwidths to 1Mpbs per student Washington, DC (April 12, 2021) – Connected Nation is announcing the top states in the nation for school internet connectivity according to data published through the nonprofit’s Connect K-12 website*. “The pandemic demonstrated how important it is to continue to improve our school internet networks. Many teachers and students …

Don’t get mad about bad internet access in your community, get even.

If you’re a leader in your community, you’ve probably heard it all when it comes to internet problems. “My internet is too slow.” “Why do I only have one choice of internet providers.” “I’m tired of going to the fast-food place to help my kids do homework.” “Can you play this cat video for me?” Okay, that last one was …