Internet users save big by seeking out health information online

Published on: January 18, 2022

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 …

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

Published on: December 9, 2021

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

Published on: December 8, 2021

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 …

New data shows the top factor for choosing a home broadband provider is NOT cost

Published on: November 1, 2021

Rural Texas (November 1, 2021) – If you were to guess why people chose a particular Internet Service Provider (ISP) over another, you’d likely land on price. But recent Connected Nation Texas (CN Texas) research says otherwise. “We took data gathered from 4,410 households across multiple rural Texas communities in 2020 that reported having at least two choices for home …

Teleworking Support Center launch: How residents in both Michigan and Wisconsin will benefit

Published on: October 26, 2021

Gogebic County, Michigan (October 26, 2021) – Reliable broadband can have many positive effects on a community, such as improving the quality of education, fueling the growth of local businesses, and providing access to healthcare no matter where you live. In addition, high-speed internet gives residents the ability to telework. Over the past 18 months, teleworking has become more common. …

Reflections on Digital Inclusion Week 2021 by Connected Nation’s VP of Digital Inclusion

Published on: October 8, 2021

It’s ok to have a new normal! What a great week! This year marked the sixth year of celebrating National Digital Inclusion Week. In case you missed it go to #DIW2021 or #DIW21 on Twitter to see all the great organizations, communities and digital inclusion practitioners that are working to empower vulnerable communities and individuals. Digital Inclusion week marks an …

The Rural Digital Opportunity Fund: What’s up with the wait for Phase II?

Published on: September 24, 2021

Lansing, Michigan (September 24, 2021) – The Rural Digital Opportunity Fund (RDOF) provides a unique opportunity to expand access to fixed broadband and voice service to millions of unserved homes and small businesses in rural America. There’s one problem—a hold up when it comes to Phase II of the $20.4 billion program. “This comes up a lot when we’re talking …

STUDY: Expanding broadband linked to economic growth

Published on: September 22, 2021

Bowling Green, KY (September 22, 2021) – For 20 years, Connected Nation has stressed the value of connectivity for families, businesses, and communities. When we say “Everyone Belongs in a Connected Nation,” that is more than a tagline. It is a reminder that at every level of society, the ability to access and use technology in meaningful ways can make …

It’s time for a full-color approach to solving the nation’s broadband problem

Published on: August 11, 2021

As the pandemic recedes, we’ve learned that universal access to the online world, through broadband service, is essential for participation in modern American life. The urgency to create full broadband coverage echoes past programs to develop nationwide networks for electricity, telephone, and interstate highways. Each of those ushered in major changes and improvements in communities across the country. Broadband is …

Mapping Michigan’s Digital Divide: Students research Internet access and need in rural Michigan

Published on: June 11, 2021

Ann Arbor, MI (June 9, 2021) – For the last several years, broadband access in rural areas has become a growing problem. It has been brought to the attention of many national organizations and to our state and federal governments. But how do you solve an issue of this size? You can start by raising awareness and educating the general …