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 …

A Parched Country: Study Shows Digital Deserts Exist

by Jessica Denson, Communications Director Connected Nation Louisville, Ky. (September 18, 2019) – Take a close look at the map (figure 1) to your right. Everything in gray is an area without a single internet service provider (ISP)—these are what we refer to as “Digital Deserts.” Each gray area is filled with families, businesses, libraries and schools, and whole communities …

REPORT: All-fiber deployments to 90% of U.S. households achievable by 2029

The following was published in FierceTelecom on September 16, 2019  by Mike Robuck The Fiber Broadband Association released a study that said all-fiber deployments were on pace to hit about 50% of U.S. households by 2025. Furthermore, the study, which was done with consulting firm Cartesian, found that 90% of the U.S. households could have all-fiber networks by 2029 by …

Legislating to Connect America: Improving the Nation’s Broadband Maps

“Extending the reach of rural broadband will help ensure that everyone can take part in a digital economy.” ~Rep. Bob Latta (R-OH) by Jessica Denson Director of Communications, Connected Nation Washington, D.C. (September 12, 2019) – What will it take to connect the 24 million Americans who still do not have access to high-speed internet (broadband)?  According to those who …

Updated Data Shows Puerto Rico Businesses are Using Technology in New Ways After Hurricane Maria

San Juan, PR (September 12, 2019) – Monday, September 16 marks two years since Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico — claiming thousands of lives and destroying or damaging many of the U.S. territory’s homes and businesses. Since then, Puerto Rico business owners have been slowly rebuilding their businesses, and many are now opting to leverage the internet and its related …

Digital Inclusion in the Gig Economy

  Bowling Green, Ky. (Augsut 29, 2019) – As advocates of broadband and related technologies, Connected Nation is steadfastly committed to ensuring that no one is left behind. Technology empowers communities and individuals by giving them a gateway to an abundance of online resources including job resources and opportunities. Access to high-speed internet does not only provide Americans with information …

$4.9 billion: These states got the most of FCC’s funding for broadband expansion

by Jessica Denson, Director of Communications Connected Nation Louisville, Ky. (August 27, 2019) – The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) recently authorized $4.9 billion over the next decade for “maintaining, improving, and expanding rural broadband.”  The funds are earmarked for expanding high-speed internet (broadband) in 39 states and American Samoa, including 44,243 locations on Tribal lands. The announcement was made Thursday, …

Kentucky’s Military Affairs Executive Director Honored with Broadband Visionary Award

Frankfort, Ky. (August 19, 2019) – Connected Nation (CN) honored Colonel M. Blaine Hedges, USA (Retired) on Monday, August 19, with the 2019 Broadband Visionary Award. This prestigious, national award recognizes individuals who demonstrate exceptional and innovative leadership in the application of broadband and its related technologies. “Colonel Hedges saw early on how high-speed internet could help address a chronic …

POLICY BRIEF: FCC Proposes Cap to Universal Service Fund, Extends Comment Deadline 

Washington, D.C. (July 10, 2019) –  In May, the FCC released a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) to seek comment on establishing a cap on the Universal Service Fund (USF) and, most recently, extended the deadline for comments on the proposal. This NPRM could impact the E-Rate and Rural Health Care funds and has raised some questions. There is some disagreement among …