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 …

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 …

Mark Your Calendars, USDA to Open the Application Window for the Second Round of ReConnect Program Funding Friday

The following is a press release published by the USDA on January 27, 2020  WASHINGTON, Jan. 27, 2020 – Today, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Sonny Perdue announced USDA will begin taking applications for the second round of $550 million in ReConnect Program loan and grant funding on January 31. These funds will enable the federal government to continue …

FCC Chairman Discusses Rural Digital Opportunity Fund with Rural Business Owners, Community Advocates, Internet Service Providers

“This is the biggest step the FCC has ever taken to close the Digital Divide” by Jessica Denson, Communications Director Marietta, OH (January 23, 2020) – The Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), Ajit Pai, met yesterday with community advocates, business owners, educational leaders, internet service providers, and other local stakeholders in Ohio to discuss the importance of closing …

16th Annual Best Places to Work in Kentucky Award Winners Announced, Connected Nation Among Honorees

The following press release was issued by the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce. Connected Nation was named among the honorees. Although CN has projects and state programs across the country, the national nonprofit’s back offices are located in Bowling Green, Kentucky. FRANKFORT, Ky. (Jan. 23, 2020) – The Kentucky Chamber of Commerce, the Kentucky Society for Human Resource Management (KYSHRM) and ClearPath …

Mission Critical: Connected Nation Partners with EducationSuperHighway to Connect Every Classroom, Every Day

The national nonprofit will spearhead efforts to help K-12 school districts across the country meet the next FCC school broadband goal Bowling Green, Ky. (January 15, 2020) – Connected Nation (CN) has been selected by EducationSuperHighway to carry forward its mission to ensure state and school district  leaders have the information they need to improve school broadband (high-speed internet) connectivity. …

EducationSuperHighway Partners with Connected Nation to Carry Forward its Mission

Bowling Green, Ky. (January 14, 2020) – Connected Nation (CN) has been selected by EducationSuperHighway to carry forward its mission to ensure state and school district leaders have the information they need to improve school broadband (high-speed internet) connectivity. This will be made possible through a new tool—Connect K-12—that will equip them with key information and analytics needed to improve …