Digital Inclusion Week: Lack of Access, Digital Literacy is Hurting Families

Published on: May 11, 2018

The future looks brighter for those with the right digital skills. Digital inclusion means going beyond getting a computer, or connecting to the internet, or posting photos on Snapchat. It means learning how to use technology in innovative ways that employers need. Those who possess those skills will be a step ahead of those who do not. Unfortunately, as with …

What It’s Like to Live on the Wrong Side of the Digital Divide

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The following was written by Mark McElroy, who serves on the Board of Directors for Connected Nation, as part of National Digital Inclusion Week (May 7-11). To request an interview with Mr. McElroy or if you have questions please contact us at info@connectednation.org. I live on the wrong side of the Digital Divide –that part of the country that’s left out …

Named the Top State in America, How Iowa Can Keep the Honor

Published on: May 10, 2018

(May 10, 2018) – Iowa’s Governor, Kim Reynolds, announced in her Condition of the State address earlier this year, an initiative to promote, invest and connect rural Iowa by expanding broadband capabilities in every corner of the state. That was a welcome statement considering that Iowa was recently announced as the best state in the nation, partially due to bringing …

34 Million Americans Are Without Broadband Access: Can We Connect Them?

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The below was first published on connectmycommunity.org in November 2017. It was republished here on May 10, 2018.  Because of my mother’s health, I will become her caregiver. Having high-speed internet will allow me to work from home. Lack of high-speed internet in our area poses a significant and growing hurdle to our ability to do business and maximize my …

Digital Inclusion: What the U.S. Can Learn from Emerging and Developing Countries

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The following was written by John Davies, who serves on the Board of Directors for Connected Nation, as part of National Digital Inclusion Week (May 7-11). To request an interview with Mr. Davies or if you have questions, please contact us at info@connectednation.org.  (May 10, 2018) – Over the last two decades, my career focused on Digital Inclusion in emerging and …

Digital Exclusion: A New Form of Student Segregation

Published on: May 8, 2018

The following was written by Wendy Lazarus, who serves on the Board of Directors for Connected Nation, as part of National Digital Inclusion Week (May 7-11). To request an interview with Ms. Lazarus or if you have questions, please contact us at info@connectednation.org.  (May 8, 2018) – In 1954, the Supreme Court ended school segregation with its landmark decision in …

Digital Inclusion Week: Why Rural America is Still Not Connected 

Published on: May 7, 2018

The following op-ed was written by Connected Nation’s Chairman & CEO, Tom Ferree, as part of National Digital Inclusion Week (May 7-11)   (May 7, 2018) – The internet is no longer a luxury. Its expansion into rural America is as important today as the expansion of electricity was in the 1930s. To be left out of a digital world is …

TECH WEEK:Why Better Mapping is Critical to Getting Broadband Access to More People

Published on: June 21, 2017

By Jessica Denson Connected Nation Testifies on Capitol Hill For nearly two decades, Connected Nation has worked to bring internet access to families and businesses in both rural and urban settings, and, as a result, was recently asked to testify before the House Subcommittee on Communications and Technology. That’s because the focus of the hearing was on “Defining and Mapping …

TECH WEEK: Bandwidth Basics – What Are Mbps and How Many Do I Need?

Published on: June 16, 2017

By Connected Nation It’s #techweek in America, and Connected Nation is kicking it off by bringing you back to the basics by helping all of us understand what exactly bandwidth is all about and what your speed means. For starters, all online activities require bandwidth, which is measured in megabits per second (Mbps). Internet service providers (ISPs) generally charge more …