AUDIO: A Conversation with the Founder of Black Girls Code

Published on: February 6, 2019

The following is a transcript from Broadband Conversation – a podcast hosted by FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel.  She talked with Kimberly Bryant, the founder of Black Girls Code, on October 31, 2018.  Bryant and Rosenwercel discussed “how we can encourage more girls, especially girls of color, to be interested in technology and how through that work we can help close the …

The Military Spouse Employment Plight

Published on: January 28, 2019

The following article was published in Forbes. Connected Nation has been working with military spouses and veterans to help close the below unemployment gap through our Digital Works program. To learn more about our recent efforts in the Fort Knox, Kentucky area, click here.   Several military spouses we’ve helped through our Digital Works program shared their stories with Connected Nation. Click …

Broadband Service Expanding in Milton Township in Cass County

Published on: January 15, 2019

Published by South Bend Tribune on January 14, 2019 by Mary Beth Spalding Cass County, Mich. –  High-speed internet in one pocket of Cass County will get a boost this year as Milton Township invests in rolling out more fiber. The township board voted this past December to award $75,000 to Midwest Energy & Communications of Cassopolis to install five …

Broadband Access Map Unveiled in Kansas

Published on: January 14, 2019

Published by KSNT.COM on January 11, 2019 by Kelly Saberi TOPEKA, Kan. (KSNT) – Local leaders met at the state capitol today to improve broadband access across the state. A map was unveiled for the first time on Friday that illustrates broadband availability across the state. This is something local leaders said they have tried to develop for over 20 years. …

Times’ Rural Economics Analysis Omits a Wealth of Options

Published on: December 21, 2018

Published by The Daily Yonder on December 18, 2018 by Roberto Gallardo New York Times writer Eduardo Porter says it’s time to face “hard truths” about the rural economy – it may not be fixable. Roberto Gallardo, who has worked in rural communities on digital development and inclusion, says Porter’s cold-hearted analysis leaves out lots of different approaches. EDITOR’S NOTE: This …

USDA Launches New Program to Create High-Speed Internet e-Connectivity in Rural America

Published on: December 13, 2018

The following is a press release issued by the USDA.  WASHINGTON, Dec. 13, 2018 – Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue today announced that the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) is offering up to $600 million in loans and grants to help build broadband infrastructure in rural America. Telecommunications companies, rural electric cooperatives and utilities, internet service providers and municipalities may apply …

Telemedicine Demand Spurs Rural Broadband Push in Texas

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Published by Politico on December 12, 2018 by Renuka Rayasam AUSTIN, Texas — Texas Republicans don’t usually look to Lyndon Johnson for inspiration. But the need for improved broadband services in rural areas — to spread telemedicine, viewed as the next frontier of medicine — has caused some to look to the former president’s efforts to connect those same areas …

Microsoft Expands Rural Broadband Initiative to 25 states

Published on: December 12, 2018

Published by StateScoop on December 4, 2018 by Ryan Johnston Microsoft will expand its rural broadband development initiative to reach three million people throughout 25 states by July 4, 2022, according to an announcement made by company President Brad Smith on Tuesday. The company launched its “Airband” initiative 18 months ago to partner with local and regional internet service providers …

Computer Science Education Week: Why It Matters Now More Than Ever

Published on: December 5, 2018

“Computer science is one of the few policy issues that can address both foundational education needs and workforce development demands for a state’s future workforce.” ~Code.org Advocacy Coalition The evolution of technology has created new and exciting opportunities for us to achieve the unimaginable and reach heights that were once beyond our grasp. With computing technology, a cardiologist can perform …

The Future of Rural: Examining Texas Communities

Published on: November 13, 2018

College Station, TX (November 13, 2018) – Across Texas, community leaders, families, business owners, and others are taking part in watch parties for the “Future of Rural Texas symposium,” which is being hosted by the Texas Tribune newspaper. The event covers issues that impact rural Texas, from health care to education to broadband expansion. Many of the discussions mimic the problems seen in …