FCC announces over $1.2 billion for broadband through Rural Digital Opportunity Fund while adding new accountability and transparency measures

The following press release was issued by the Federal Communications Commission on January 28, 2022  New Rural Broadband Accountability Plan Will Increase Audits, Verifications and Transparency WASHINGTON, January 28, 2022—The Federal Communications Commission today announced that it is ready to authorize more than $1.2 billion through the Rural Digital Opportunity Fund to fund new broadband deployments in 32 states.  In …

Internet users save big by seeking out health information online

Bowling Green, Kentucky (January 18, 2022) – Since we opened our doors more than 20 years ago, Connected Nation (CN) has focused both nationally and locally on the impact that broadband can have on peoples’ lives. It is not enough to work with others to lay the infrastructure and make broadband available to every home. We must also explore the …

Connected Nation congratulates Alan Davidson on his Senate confirmation as Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Communications and Information & NTIA Administrator

Washington, DC (January 12, 2022) – Tom Ferree, Chairman & CEO of Connected Nation, issued the following statement congratulating Alan Davidson on his confirmation by the United States Senate as Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Communications and Information & Administrator of the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA):  “We are on the precipice of an unprecedented opportunity to close the …

Department of Commerce’s NTIA Publishes First ACCESS BROADBAND Report

The following press release was issued by the NTIA on Thursday, December 23 News Media Contact: NTIA, Office of Public Affairs, (202) 482-7002, press@ntia.gov WASHINGTON – The Department of Commerce’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) recently released the first ACCESS BROADBAND Report, which highlights the accomplishments of NTIA’s recently established Office of Internet Connectivity and Growth (OICG) over the past year. …

FCC ANNOUNCES OVER $1 BILLION IN RURAL DIGITAL OPPORTUNITY FUND SUPPORT FOR BROADBAND IN 32 STATES AS COMMISSION CONTINUES TO CLEAN UP PROGRAM

Grants Limited Waiver for Certain Applicants to Complete Auction Documentation As Other Bidders Announce Plans to Default   The following is a press release issued by the Federal Communications Commission on Thursday, December 16 WASHINGTON, December 16, 2021—The FCC today announced that it is ready to authorize $1,041,074,000 over 10 years in its fifth round of funding for new broadband …

Bringing health care home: what we can learn from telehealth trends in rural Michigan

Comparing 2019 to 2021 data provides new insights into patient perceptions and use of telemedicine Lansing, Michigan (December 16, 2021) – Connected Nation (CN), through the work of its state program, Connected Nation Michigan (CN Michigan), today released a follow-up to its groundbreaking 2020 study on telehealth use and perceptions. “Bringing Health Care Home: Telehealth Trends in Rural Michigan” provides …

Bringing health care home: what we can learn from telehealth trends in rural Michigan

Comparing 2019 to 2021 data provides new insights into patient perceptions and use of telemedicine Lansing, Michigan (December 16, 2021) – Connected Nation (CN), through the work of its state program, Connected Nation Michigan (CN Michigan), today released a follow-up to its groundbreaking 2020 study on telehealth use and perceptions. “Bringing Health Care Home: Telehealth Trends in Rural Michigan” provides …

This holiday season, let’s sound the alarm on broadband access for all

While the pandemic drove some much-needed progress, 42 million Americans are still stuck in the Digital Divide Louisville, Kentucky (December 9, 2021) – One of my favorite holiday memories involves an alarm clock. Not just any alarm clock — an ugly, grey metal clock that you had to wind to set. It made this awful, and sometimes frightening ding, ding, …

New data make a case for expanded, permanent telehealth coverage for Medicare patients

Bowling Green, Kentucky (December 8, 2021) – The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released a new Medicare Telemedicine Data Snapshot on Friday, December 3. This kind of government data can sometimes get overlooked especially during the end-of-the-year frenzy. However, Connected Nation has been studying telehealth trends in Michigan since 2019 and noticed something in this recent federal data …

Connected Nation congratulates Jessica Rosenworcel on her Senate confirmation as permanent FCC Chair

Washington, DC (December 8, 2021) – Tom Ferree, Chairman & CEO of Connected Nation, issued the following statement congratulating Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel on her confirmation by the United States Senate:  “Yesterday marked a significant milestone in our nation’s tech and telecom policy history with the Senate confirmation of Jessica Rosenworcel to a new term, which will …