Small change, big impact: Connected Nation program helping communities expand internet access gets refresh

Published on: September 14, 2021

Connected Community Engagement Program rebrands to better reflect work to improve connectivity across the country Bowling Green, Kentucky (September 14, 2021) – A lot has changed in the last year but from change comes opportunity–for the Connected Community Engagement Program (Connected) that means rebranding to more accurately reflect how the program helps communities, counties, and states. Connected is a Connected …

Eaton County Broadband Communication Council launches work to improve countywide internet access, speeds

Published on: September 1, 2021

Eaton County, Michigan (September 1, 2021) – The Eaton County Broadband Communication Council just launched a new effort to expand and improve high-speed internet access across Eaton County. A kickoff summit was held today in the Board of Commissioners Room at the Eaton County Courthouse, with attendees representing a wide range of local government, economic development, business, education, and other …

Connected Nation’s Vice President of GeoAnalytics to serve as URISA President-Elect

Published on: August 12, 2021

Bowling Green, Ky. (August 12, 2021) – Connected Nation is excited to share the news that Ashley Hitt, Vice President, GeoAnalytics will serve in the position of President-Elect for the URISA Board of Directors. “Ashley has long been an innovator in the GIS world and has used her unique skillset to shine a light on the Digital Divide,” said Tom …

It’s time for a full-color approach to solving the nation’s broadband problem

Published on: August 11, 2021

As the pandemic recedes, we’ve learned that universal access to the online world, through broadband service, is essential for participation in modern American life. The urgency to create full broadband coverage echoes past programs to develop nationwide networks for electricity, telephone, and interstate highways. Each of those ushered in major changes and improvements in communities across the country. Broadband is …

AT&T and Connected Nation deliver on commitment to provide 35,000 hotspots and free internet service to help vulnerable students

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Bowling Green, Ky. (August 11, 2021) – Leading nonprofit Connected Nation has completed the deployment of 35,000 hotspots. Made possible by a contribution from AT&T – these hotspots, equipped with more than a year of free internet service – will help some of the most vulnerable students across the country. “AT&T made a $10 million commitment in 2020 to help …

Tuscola County to benefit from $14.6M in federal funding toward the expansion of broadband access

Published on: July 26, 2021

Tuscola County, Michigan (July 26, 2021) – Connected Nation Michigan (CN Michigan) has been working with Tuscola County leaders to plan for and expand high-speed internet throughout the county. An action plan was developed following a county-wide broadband survey in which responses were gathered from 663 residents, 24 businesses and other local organizations.  Surveys were completed between February 2021 and …

Gov. Whitmer, Lt. Governor Gilchrist announce high-speed internet expansion in Washtenaw County to support small businesses

Published on: July 23, 2021

Contact: Press@Michigan.gov  – the following press release was issued by Gov. Whitmer’s office on July 22, 2021 LANSING, Mich. – Today, Governor Whitmer and Lt. Governor Gilchrist announced that the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration (EDA) is awarding a $2.4 million CARES Act Recovery Assistance grant to Ann Arbor SPARK, Ann Arbor, Michigan, to construct 20 miles of underground fiber optic cable in the cities of Ann …

Cheboygan County poised for Massive Broadband Expansion

Published on: July 14, 2021

The following press release was issued by the Cheboygan Economic Development Corporation (EDC) on July 13, 2021 Cheboygan County, Michigan (July 13, 2021) – The Cheboygan County Economic Development Corporation (EDC) identified Technology as a leading priority for countywide development with a strong focus on supporting energy and broadband initiatives. To that end, they teamed up with Connected Nation to …

Connected Nation applauds San Augustine, Texas’ resolution to become a “Broadband City”

Published on: July 7, 2021

San Augustine, Texas (July 7, 2021) – It takes a village, but in this case, it took a city. Recently, the San Augustine City Council learned the findings of a city and countywide broadband survey presented by Connected Nation Texas (CN Texas). These findings led the Council to act quickly by passing a resolution to become a Broadband City.  “I …

FCC announces release of regional Emergency Broadband Benefit program data

Published on: June 30, 2021

Heading into Week 7 of EBB Program, FCC Shares Additional Enrollment Data, Continues Program Outreach The following was a press release issued by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) on June 29, 2021 WASHINGTON, June 29, 2021—FCC Acting Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel announced today the agency will begin releasing more detailed Emergency Broadband Benefit enrollment figures to inform its current awareness efforts and empower …