Billions in broadband funding: Who decides where it goes and why some states are preparing to challenge those decisions

Published on: August 15, 2022

Nashville, Tenn. (August 15, 2022) – Billions of dollars in funding for expanding access to broadband (high-speed internet) is now available to states. RFD-TV, a broadcast group that focuses on rural affairs issues across the country, asked Connected Nation (CN) to explain what state and community leaders need to know and do about accessing those funds to help unserved or …

How this Michigan County maps a plan for better broadband

Published on: July 27, 2022

Leelanau County, Michigan (July 27, 2022) – Over the past couple years, Leelanau County, a small, rural community on the upper west peninsula of Michigan, has been in dire need of better broadband (high-speed internet) access for its residents. Like many other communities across the country, the issue of connection is at the top of its list of needed improvements. …

Economics can help state broadband leaders rise to the challenge of universal internet access

Published on: June 20, 2022

by Nathan SmithBroadband Policy Specialist, Connected Nation Bowling Green, Kentucky (June 20, 2022) – Broadband leadership at the state level barely existed ten years ago. Now, states are in the hot seat, tasked with a crucial role in brightening the economic future, not only of the internet-deficient rural areas that will need state broadband grants to catch up with the …

Why are you staying? Exploring the Great Resignation

Published on: June 8, 2022

Columbus, Ohio (June 8, 2022) — The pandemic brought about significant changes, one of which was a mass exodus of the workforce, often referred to as The Great Resignation. Many people, at all career levels and positions, decided to leave the brick-and-mortar world behind. Personal or family illness, and the shift to online schooling for young children were among the …

What state leaders must do to access billions of dollars in broadband funding for rural communities

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Lexington, Ky. and Nashville, Tenn. (June 8, 2022) – The pandemic raised awareness about the millions of Americans still without adequate access to broadband (high-speed internet). As a result, federal lawmakers approved an unprecedented amount of funding to expand the nation’s current internet infrastructure particularly in rural areas. Brent Legg, who serves as the Vice President of Government Affairs for …

Connected Nation celebrates National Library Week

Published on: April 6, 2022

The American Library Association is celebrating National Library Week April 3 – 9. According to their website, the theme for National Library Week 2022, “Connect with Your Library,” promotes the idea that libraries are places to get connected to technology by using broadband, computers, and other resources. Libraries also offer opportunities to connect with media, programs, ideas, and classes—in addition …

Finalist in national Kids Tech Summit wants to help older generations tackle tech

Published on: April 4, 2022

Des Moines, Iowa (April 4, 2022) – Nancy Mwirotsi confesses that she’s a “tech dropout,” but also points to that as one reason she founded Pi515 — a nonprofit focused on introducing girls and boys from different social and socioeconomic backgrounds to technology skills as a way out of poverty. “It was 20 years ago when I was first learning …

Kahauiki Village students to compete in national Kids Tech Summit while bringing their community together

Published on: March 31, 2022

Honolulu, Hawai’i (March 31, 2022) – Residents of Kahauiki Village may have all come from different walks of life — but once they arrive, they become part of a larger family. “Once families move here, Kahauiki Village is their home for as long as they choose to stay,” said Kiana Whipkey, Kahauiki Village Family Specialist. “Right now, we have 129 …

New study puts a spotlight on teleworking in rural Michigan

Published on: March 28, 2022

Lansing, Michigan (March 28, 2022) — Connected Nation Michigan (CN Michigan) has unveiled new findings about teleworkers and businesses that allow teleworking in rural Michigan communities.  According to the findings, more than one-half of Michigan teleworkers (56%) typically commute more than 10 miles each way for their jobs. This means that for every day they work from home, they reduce …

States will have to lead when it comes to BEAD: here’s how to make the most of billions in new federal funding

Published on: March 22, 2022

The time is NOW to prepare for Broadband Equity, Access, and Deployment (BEAD) funding Washington, D.C. (March 22, 2022) – States, get ready! The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) gives you the best opportunity ever to close the Digital Divide, but it will present many challenges. What state leaders do today and in the months ahead could impact the …