How to “Pandemic Proof” the National Labor Force

Published on: September 3, 2020

Bowling Green, Ky. (September 3, 2020) – Congress, through the HEALS Act, is debating how to provide additional relief for Americans hit hard by the coronavirus shutdowns. We’ve all watched as things have seemed to move forward only to stall again. Responding to the overwhelming need of the American worker and American business right now is a tall order. The …

Health Care From Anywhere: Telehealth Before, During, and After the Pandemic

Published on: August 10, 2020

Lansing, MI. (August 10, 2020) – Connected Nation (CN), through its state program Connected Nation Michigan (CN Michigan), is hosting a series of free webinars focused on telehealth usage and advances for patients and doctors, and how the technology is impacting the health care industry as a whole.  Since the coronavirus outbreak, the need for telehealth and telemedicine has grown tremendously. …

POLICY BRIEF: Aligning the FCC’s Digital Opportunity Data Collection with the Broadband DATA Act

Published on: August 6, 2020

In July, the Federal Communication Commission (FCC) voted to adopt a Second Report and Order and Third Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that sets in motion the rollout of Form 477 modernization and paves the way for better broadband mapping and data from the Commission. As reported in a previous Connected Nation Policy Brief, in 2019 the Commission approved a …

High-Tech Cockpit

Published on: July 14, 2020

Bowling Green, Ky (July 14, 2020) – Today is the day! You’ve done all you can to prepare. You’ve put in long hours studying and adjusting your plans, monitored progress, and prepared your equipment. There is excitement and anxiety. To start on this mission is really only the beginning; there will be long monotonous days, hours upon hours staring at the …

FCC Announces Funding Increase in Rural Health Care Program For Funding Year 2020

Published on: June 30, 2020

Up to $197.98 Million in Unused Funds from Prior Funding Years Will Be Available to Support Rural Health Care Providers The following press release was published by the FCC on June 30, 2020. WASHINGTON, June 30, 2020—The Federal Communications Commission’s Wireline Competition Bureau today directed the Universal Service Administrative Company, which administers the FCC’s Rural Health Care Program, to carry …

FCC Announces Funding Increase in Rural Health Care Program For Funding Year 2020

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Up to $197.98 Million in Unused Funds from Prior Funding Years Will Be Available to Support Rural Health Care Providers The following press release was published by the FCC on June 30, 2020. WASHINGTON, June 30, 2020—The Federal Communications Commission’s Wireline Competition Bureau today directed the Universal Service Administrative Company, which administers the FCC’s Rural Health Care Program, to carry …

USDA Highlights Accomplishments in Rural High-Speed Broadband Deployment Under American Broadband Initiative

Published on: June 25, 2020

The following was a press release issued by the USDA on June 25, 2020. Click here for the original release. June Progress Report Shows USDA Played Key Role in Connecting 430,000 Rural Americans, Improving Investment Data, and Cutting Red-Tape WASHINGTON, June 25, 2020 – Today, the U.S. Department of Agriculture joined its government partners to release a Progress Report (PDF, 337 KB) detailing …

Healthcare From Anywhere

Published on: June 17, 2020

The coronavirus pandemic took the need for telehealth from a “luxury” to a necessity. But, for many, there are challenges and untapped opportunities for accessing this important technology. Connected Nation Michigan (CN Michigan) released a comprehensive telehealth study just days before COVID-19 closures. As part of this work, Connected Nation is hosting a five-part webinar series examining the transformative impact …

State of Michigan launches online map of free Wi-Fi hotspots to help residents who lack access to broadband internet

Published on: June 10, 2020

The following press release was published by the Michigan Public Service Commission on June 9, 2020. LANSING, MICH. The State of Michigan, in partnership with the Connected Nation Michigan, released a statewide Wi-Fi hotspot map today to assist residents who currently lack internet access at home. The COVID-19 pandemic and transition to remote and distance learning has only increased the need for residents …

Expanding Internet Access Improves Health Outcomes

Published on: June 5, 2020

The following article was published by Government Technology on June 5, 2020. “Social determinants of health” is a hot topic among government and health system executives. The phrase usually refers to basic food, housing and transportation disparities that can lead adjoining ZIP codes to have drastically different life expectancies. But could lack of broadband Internet access also be considered a …