Billions in broadband funding: Who decides where it goes and why some states are preparing to challenge those decisions

Published on: August 15, 2022

Nashville, Tenn. (August 15, 2022) – Billions of dollars in funding for expanding access to broadband (high-speed internet) is now available to states. RFD-TV, a broadcast group that focuses on rural affairs issues across the country, asked Connected Nation (CN) to explain what state and community leaders need to know and do about accessing those funds to help unserved or …

FCC ANNOUNCES $77 MILLION IN EMERGENCY CONNECTIVITY FUNDING FOR SCHOOLS AND LIBRARIES TO HELP CLOSE THE HOMEWORK GAP

Published on: August 1, 2022

The following press release was issued by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) on July 27, 2022 Nearly 13 Million Students Benefitting from Program Providing Digital Services for Students in Communities Across the Country WASHINGTON, July 27, 2022—The Federal Communications Commission today announced it is committing over $77 million in two new funding rounds through the Emergency Connectivity Program, helping to …

How this Michigan County maps a plan for better broadband

Published on: July 27, 2022

Leelanau County, Michigan (July 27, 2022) – Over the past couple years, Leelanau County, a small, rural community on the upper west peninsula of Michigan, has been in dire need of better broadband (high-speed internet) access for its residents. Like many other communities across the country, the issue of connection is at the top of its list of needed improvements. …

Economics can help state broadband leaders rise to the challenge of universal internet access

Published on: June 20, 2022

by Nathan SmithBroadband Policy Specialist, Connected Nation Bowling Green, Kentucky (June 20, 2022) – Broadband leadership at the state level barely existed ten years ago. Now, states are in the hot seat, tasked with a crucial role in brightening the economic future, not only of the internet-deficient rural areas that will need state broadband grants to catch up with the …

Connected Nation honored among the Best Places to Work for the 11th time

Published on: June 13, 2022

The national nonprofit was ranked in the top 20 for -sized employer Bowling Green, Ky. (June 13, 2022) – The Kentucky Chamber of Commerce has once again named Connected Nation (CN) among the Best Places to Work in Kentucky—awarding the organization with a 20th place ranking in the small-sized employer category (those employing 15-149 U.S. employees). “We value our employees …

Why are you staying? Exploring the Great Resignation

Published on: June 8, 2022

Columbus, Ohio (June 8, 2022) — The pandemic brought about significant changes, one of which was a mass exodus of the workforce, often referred to as The Great Resignation. Many people, at all career levels and positions, decided to leave the brick-and-mortar world behind. Personal or family illness, and the shift to online schooling for young children were among the …

What state leaders must do to access billions of dollars in broadband funding for rural communities

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Lexington, Ky. and Nashville, Tenn. (June 8, 2022) – The pandemic raised awareness about the millions of Americans still without adequate access to broadband (high-speed internet). As a result, federal lawmakers approved an unprecedented amount of funding to expand the nation’s current internet infrastructure particularly in rural areas. Brent Legg, who serves as the Vice President of Government Affairs for …

Connected Nation wins four Telly Awards for ‘National conversation on the Digital Divide’

Published on: May 26, 2022

Bowling Green, Kentucky (May 26, 2022) – Connected Nation (CN) was honored this week with four wins in the 43rd annual Telly Awards — two silver and two bronze. CN  received two silver statues for a package of stories produced for its November 2021 livestream event, “A national conversation on the Digital Divide” in the “series: social impact” category, and …

Connected Nation honored with two national Communicators Awards

Published on: May 16, 2022

Bowling Green, Kentucky (May 16, 2022) – Connected Nation, a national nonprofit working to close the Digital Divide, received two Awards of Distinction during last week’s 28th Annual Academy of Interactive and Visual Arts (AIVA) Communicators Awards. Awards of Distinction are given to projects that exceed industry standards in quality and achievement. The Connected Nation podcast, which is now in …

NEW Statement from Connected Nation Chairman and CEO Thomas W. Ferree on the Biden Administration’s Efforts to Reduce Broadband Costs

Published on: May 11, 2022

Washington, DC. (May 9, 2022) – Thomas W. Ferree, Chairman & CEO of Connected Nation, released the following statement regarding the Biden Administration’s announcement today regarding their efforts to make broadband more affordable for millions of Americans: “Today, President Biden and Vice President Harris announced commitments from the nation’s 20 leading service providers to make high-speed, high-quality internet plans available for …