Connected Nation congratulates Alan Davidson on his Senate confirmation as Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Communications and Information & NTIA Administrator

Published on: January 12, 2022

Washington, DC (January 12, 2022) – Tom Ferree, Chairman & CEO of Connected Nation, issued the following statement congratulating Alan Davidson on his confirmation by the United States Senate as Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Communications and Information & Administrator of the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA):  “We are on the precipice of an unprecedented opportunity to close the …

New data: Connect K-12 report shows 59% of U.S. school districts now meet FCC internet connectivity benchmark

Published on: January 10, 2022

27.6 million students attend schools that still lack adequate bandwidth to support digital learning in every classroom, every day Washington, D.C. (January 10, 2022) – Connected Nation’s “Connect K-12” program has released its report on U.S. school connectivity for E-rate Funding Year 2021, which includes findings on the nation’s progress toward meeting the Federal Communication Commission’s (FCC) bandwidth goal of …

FCC LAUNCHES AFFORDABLE CONNECTIVITY PROGRAM

Published on: January 3, 2022

The following press release was issued by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) on Friday, December 31 Emergency Broadband Benefit Program Transitions to New Affordable Connectivity Program WASHINGTON, December 31, 2021—In accordance with Congressional directives in the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, the Federal Communications Commission today officially launched the Affordable Connectivity Program, the $14.2 billion successor program to the Emergency …

Department of Commerce’s NTIA Publishes First ACCESS BROADBAND Report

Published on: December 27, 2021

The following press release was issued by the NTIA on Thursday, December 23 News Media Contact: NTIA, Office of Public Affairs, (202) 482-7002, press@ntia.gov WASHINGTON – The Department of Commerce’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) recently released the first ACCESS BROADBAND Report, which highlights the accomplishments of NTIA’s recently established Office of Internet Connectivity and Growth (OICG) over the past year. …

NTIA Awards Additional $1M in Grants to Tribal Groups Seeking to Expand Broadband

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The following press release was issued by NTIA on Wednesday, December 22 News Media Contact: NTIA, Office of Public Affairs, (202) 482-7002, press@ntia.gov WASHINGTON – The Department of Commerce’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) announced today it has awarded two additional grants as part of the Tribal Broadband Connectivity Program. These grants, totaling nearly $1 million, are being awarded to …

FCC ANNOUNCES OVER $1 BILLION IN RURAL DIGITAL OPPORTUNITY FUND SUPPORT FOR BROADBAND IN 32 STATES AS COMMISSION CONTINUES TO CLEAN UP PROGRAM

Published on: December 20, 2021

Grants Limited Waiver for Certain Applicants to Complete Auction Documentation As Other Bidders Announce Plans to Default   The following is a press release issued by the Federal Communications Commission on Thursday, December 16 WASHINGTON, December 16, 2021—The FCC today announced that it is ready to authorize $1,041,074,000 over 10 years in its fifth round of funding for new broadband …

Bringing health care home: what we can learn from telehealth trends in rural Michigan

Published on: December 16, 2021

Comparing 2019 to 2021 data provides new insights into patient perceptions and use of telemedicine Lansing, Michigan (December 16, 2021) – Connected Nation (CN), through the work of its state program, Connected Nation Michigan (CN Michigan), today released a follow-up to its groundbreaking 2020 study on telehealth use and perceptions. “Bringing Health Care Home: Telehealth Trends in Rural Michigan” provides …

Bringing health care home: what we can learn from telehealth trends in rural Michigan

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Comparing 2019 to 2021 data provides new insights into patient perceptions and use of telemedicine Lansing, Michigan (December 16, 2021) – Connected Nation (CN), through the work of its state program, Connected Nation Michigan (CN Michigan), today released a follow-up to its groundbreaking 2020 study on telehealth use and perceptions. “Bringing Health Care Home: Telehealth Trends in Rural Michigan” provides …

Connected Nation names four honorees to share the 2021 National Broadband Visionary Award

Published on: December 13, 2021

Bowling Green, Kentucky (December 13, 2021) – Connected Nation (CN) is honoring four organizations with the 2021 Broadband Visionary Award — KGW-TV in Portland, Oregon; Fort Bend Independent School District in Sugar Land, Texas; and, jointly, RFD-TV and the American Farm Bureau Federation in Washington, D.C. This prestigious national award recognizes those who demonstrate exceptional and innovative leadership in the …

USDA begins accepting applications for $1.15 billion in loans and grants to help people living in rural communities get access to high-speed internet

Published on: November 24, 2021

Includes up to $350 million for grants in Tribal and socially vulnerable communities The following was issued by the USDA on November 24, 2021 WASHINGTON, Nov. 24, 2021 – U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced the Department has begun accepting applications for up to $1.15 billion in loans and grants to help people in rural areas get …