Fauquier High sophomore a rural broadband advocate

Published by Fauquier Now on April 1st, 2019 By Cassandra Brown  At just 16 years old, the Fauquier High School sophomore has spoken at a Microsoft event and attended a presidential Farm Bill signing at the White House. Those opportunities resulted from McKenzie Hurley’s involvement in Fauquier High’s FFA club, a national youth organization that teaches leadership through agriculture education. …

Broadband Access, the Difference Between Can and Do

The following was published in Dairy Business on March 28, 2019 by Megan Nelson, Economic Analyst How an FCC Survey Question May Overstate Broadband Access in Rural America At issue in the rural broadband debate is the way in which internet service providers are asked if they provide internet services to customers. The survey question posed to services providers is …

Leaders demand more rural broadband access; Governor says time to ‘force this to happen’

Published by WRAL TechWire on March 27, 2019 By Mindy Hamlin  RALEIGH – Broadband was the word of the day at the North Carolina Rural Center’s Rural Day. More than 600 state and local leaders and community advocates gathered in downtown Raleigh yesterday to discuss broadband, as well as health and small business development as priorities for growth and success …

Ivey to headline Alabama Summit on Rural Technology

Published by The West Alabama Watchman on March 25, 2019 LIVINGSTON, Ala.—The University of West Alabama has joined with AT&T to announce the second annual Alabama Summit on Rural Technology, set for April 12 on the UWA campus in Livingston, with Governor Kay Ivey delivering the keynote address. The event features a broad slate of experts who bring unique perspectives to …

Celebrating the Women of Connected Nation: Heather Gate

Editor’s note: In honor of Women’s History Month, we are profiling the women at Connected Nation. From leadership roles to internship positions, these women are using their skills and experiences at every level of the organization to fulfill our mission to expand broadband access, adoption, and use to all people. Louisville, Ky. (March xx, 2019) – Heather Gate is a …

Legislative push to boost broadband funding underway

Published by The Timberjay on March 21, 2019 By Marcus White REGIONAL—Minnesota’s Commissioner of the Department of Employment and Economic Development, or DEED, urged lawmakers this week to reinstate the Border-to-Border grant program for rural broadband. At a press conference on Wednesday, Commissioner Steve Grove said legislation currently in the works would put $70 million into the program with $35 …

Aging Americans Need Access Too

Bowling Green, Ky. (March 21, 2019) – National organizations as well as state and federal lawmakers agree – older Americans must have access to broadband and its related technologies. In a recent news release, AARP Georgia emphasized the importance of providing broadband services to senior citizens across the United States. To help do this, they are supporting House Bill 135 …

Connected Nation Applauds FCC’s TV White Spaces Vote

Bowling Green, Ky. (March 21, 2019) – The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) took steps yesterday regarding how the TV white spaces technology market will be regulated.  The agency voted to adopt new rules that will guide how unlicensed spectrum can be leveraged to help American families and communities. “We commend Chairman Pai and the FCC for taking action to provide …