VIDEO: Connect K-12 Launches to Help State, District Leaders Improve School Connectivity

Published on: November 24, 2020

Washington, D.C. (November 24, 2020) – Connected Nation recently launched the free resource for school district and state leaders—Connect K-12.  RFD-TV, a broadband group that focuses on rural affairs issues across the country, asked CN to share how the new website can help school districts in rural areas improve their internet connectivity. “We hope to build on the momentum and …

Policy Brief: FCC Tackles 5G Funding & TV White Spaces

Published on: November 13, 2020

Just before the final votes were cast in the 2020 election, the FCC held its Open Meeting on October 27 with a full agenda, tackling some of Chairman Ajit Pai’s priority items. Two such items will mean significant upgrades to connectivity in rural America as commissioners on both sides of the political aisle are committed to expanding funding and opportunities …

Michigan receives $10.3 million for rural broadband

Published on: November 9, 2020

The following was published in the Michigan Farmer on November 9, 2020 In the second round of funding through USDA’s ReConnect Program, Michigan has been awarded $10.3 million to provide broadband service in unserved and underserved rural areas in southwest and northeast Michigan. “The need for rural broadband has never been more apparent than it is now — as our …

VIDEO: Addressing the Need for Internet Access in Rural America

Published on: November 4, 2020

Washington, DC (November 4, 2020) – Connected Nation (CN) was recently invited by RFD-TV to address the issue of access to internet in rural areas after one viewer sent in the following comment: “My concern is the internet in rural areas. Children facing this COVID-19 crisis, families working from home…internet in the rural area really, really needs to be addressed. …

Sanilac County Broadband Committee Seeks Your Input to Improve Internet Access and Speeds Across County Access

Published on: October 26, 2020

Sanilac County, MI (October 26, 2020) – The Sanilac County Broadband Committee just launched a new initiative to help expand and improve high-speed internet access for all county residents, businesses, schools, healthcare facilities, and community organizations. “For the last year, the Sanilac Board of Commissioners have discussed a county-driven initiative for reliable internet in Sanilac,” said Joel Wyatt, Vice Chairman …

Benzie Broadband Initiative Hosts Community Summit

Published on: October 13, 2020

The following article was published by 9&10 News on October 12, 2020. Virtual meetings and working from home have become a normal part of the day for many of us since the start of the Coronavirus outbreak. That’s also drawing attention to the increased need of broadband internet access across the state – especially in rural areas. Benzie County is …

How’s Your Internet Connection? Lapeer County Launches New Effort to Expand Broadband Access

Published on: October 9, 2020

Lapeer County, MI (October 9, 2020) – The Lapeer County Broadband Committee launched a new initiative today to help expand and improve high-speed internet access for all county residents, businesses, schools, healthcare facilities, and community organizations. “We must take immediate action to provide more families and businesses with access to the critical resources and information they need,” said Quentin Bishop, …

Gov. Whitmer announces initiatives to increase high-speed internet across Michigan

Published on: October 8, 2020

$12.7 million in Connecting Michigan Communities grants and launch of Connecting Michigan Taskforce will expand broadband infrastructure statewide  The following press release was issued by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s office on October 8, 2020 LANSING, Mich. — Creating fair and equal access for every Michigander to compete in the 21st century was at the core of Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s announcement today at the …

Improving Your Broadband Connection: How this Rural Michigan County Has Benefited From Faster Internet Speeds

Published on: September 25, 2020

Lake County, MI (September 25, 2020) – Having high-speed internet access is more important now than ever, and rural Michigan residents can vouch for that. During the late summer months of 2019, Casair, a Mid-Michigan wireless internet provider, rolled out fiber to Lake County in hopes of connecting more rural residents and businesses.  Last year, Connected Nation ran an article recapping …

Policy Brief: FCC Announces Special E-rate Filing Window for School District Bandwidth Upgrades 

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On September 16, acknowledging the disruptions caused by COVID-19 and the new reliance on remote learning by school districts, the FCC directed the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) to open a second E-rate filing window for Funding Year 2020 (FY2020). The window opened Monday, September 21 and will close on Friday, October 16 at 11:59 p.m. EDT. This new window …