USDA Extends ReConnect Application Deadline to March 31

WASHINGTON, March 12, 2020 – Today, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Deputy Under Secretary for Rural Development Bette Brand announced USDA has extended the deadline (PDF, 245 KB) for ReConnect Pilot Program applications to March 31. “By extending the ReConnect Program application deadline, we are helping even more qualified organizations access the essential funding to make high-speed broadband connectivity a …

Telehealth is One Tool for Preventing the Spread of Coronavirus

What a Telehealth Study in Rural Michigan Can Teach Us about Taking a Better Approach to Healthcare Every Day and During a Health Crisis by Jessica Denson, Communications Director Connected Nation Lansing, MI (March 12, 2020) – Fears about the coronavirus (COVID-19), including how easily it can be transmitted and its deadly impact on vulnerable populations, are, perhaps, spreading faster …

Connected Nation Praises Final Passage of the Broadband DATA Act, Commends Senate Commerce Chairman Wicker, House Energy & Commerce Chairman Pallone for their Leadership

Washington, DC (March 10, 2020) – Connected Nation (CN) praised the final passage of the Broadband DATA Act (S.1822) in the U.S. Senate today, after the bill cleared the House of Representatives by unanimous consent on March 3. The national nonprofit believes that progress toward closing the Digital Divide in the United States cannot be achieved without accurate and precise …

Bill to Improve Broadband Data Maps Clears Senate, Advances to President’s Desk

The following is a joint press release issued by U.S. Senators Roger Wicker (R-MS),  Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Gary Peters (D-MI), and John Thune (R-SD) on March 10, 2020  WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen. Roger Wicker, R-Miss., chairman of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, together with Sens. Gary Peters, D-Mich., John Thune, R-S.D., and Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., today released the following …

Healthcare From Anywhere: Groundbreaking Study Looks at the Impact of Telehealth in Rural America

Lansing, MI. (March 5, 2020) – Connected Nation (CN), through its state program Connected Nation Michigan (CN Michigan), today released a groundbreaking study that closely examines the use and perceptions of telehealth in rural areas with a focus on Michigan counties. Researchers found, among other things, the highest ratios in the country of patients per doctor, a lower-than-average life expectancy, …

National Nonprofit Applauds Second Lady’s Work to Create Employment Solutions for Military Spouses

Oak Grove, Ky. (February 28, 2020) – Second Lady Karen Pence is visiting Fort Campbell today to highlight new efforts to create employment solutions for military spouses.  According to the Spouses Employment and Education 2017 Survey of Active Duty Spouses, military spouses face a 24 percent unemployment rate and a 25 percent wage gap compared to their civilian counterparts. “The …

Education, Business, National Security: Why Connecting One Rural Texas Town Affects Us All

“I sometimes feel like we’re sitting ducks out here.” by Jessica Denson, Communications Director Connected Nation Monahans, TX (February 24, 2020) – Shellie Porras owns three businesses located in Monahans, Texas — all within 2 square miles. She operates a gym, a car wash, and a trucking company, and she wouldn’t be able to run them without access to broadband …

Digital Works at Fort Campbell Seeks to Lower High Unemployment Rate among Military Spouses

Oak Grove, Ky. (February 13, 2020) – The good news for 2020 is that the economy is booming. The U.S. labor market added 225,000 jobs in January and wages climbed 3.1 percent from a year earlier. Eric Winograd, senior economist at AllianceBernstein, told the Wall Street Journal that “the labor market and the consumer are the strength of the economy …

WEBINAR: The USDA Answers Your Questions on Funding for Rural Broadband

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has begun taking applications for the second round of $550 million in ReConnect Program in grants and loans for rural broadband expansion.  But there have been questions from state and local leaders, small internet service providers, and community stakeholders about how to apply and who would qualify for this funding. That’s why Connected Nation recently …

National Nonprofit Working to Close Digital Divide Applauds President Trump’s Commitment to Rural America

Washington, D.C. (February 5, 2020) – Connected Nation Chairman and CEO Tom Ferree released the following statement in response to President Donald Trump’s State of the Union Address, specifically his commitment to ensure “that every citizen can have access to high-speed internet, including rural America.” “We are excited to see that the Trump Administration remains committed to building a better …