Connected Nation Receives Excellence in Economic Development Award from the International Economic Development Council

Washington, DC (October 19, 2020) – Connected Nation won a Gold Rank for its Digital Works Website, a project in the category of Special Purpose Website of the International Economic Development Council (IEDC).  The honor was presented last week at an awards ceremony during the IEDC Annual Conference. IEDC’s Excellence in Economic Development Awards recognize the world’s best economic development …

USDA Rural Development Announces Funding for Digital Job Training Program for Military Spouses, Veterans, and Families

Bowling Green, Ky. (October 14, 2020) – USDA Rural Development of Kentucky announced today a nearly $85,000 grant to support Connected Nation’s Digital Works program in the state. “Rural development is here to create an improved economy and quality of life for rural communities across the state of Kentucky.” said Hilda Legg, State Director of Kentucky for USDA Rural Development, …

How’s Your Internet Connection? Lapeer County Launches New Effort to Expand Broadband Access

Lapeer County, MI (October 9, 2020) – The Lapeer County Broadband Committee launched a new initiative today to help expand and improve high-speed internet access for all county residents, businesses, schools, healthcare facilities, and community organizations. “We must take immediate action to provide more families and businesses with access to the critical resources and information they need,” said Quentin Bishop, …

Gov. Whitmer announces initiatives to increase high-speed internet across Michigan

$12.7 million in Connecting Michigan Communities grants and launch of Connecting Michigan Taskforce will expand broadband infrastructure statewide  The following press release was issued by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s office on October 8, 2020 LANSING, Mich. — Creating fair and equal access for every Michigander to compete in the 21st century was at the core of Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s announcement today at the …

New Broadband Coverage Maps Provide New Insights About Internet Access Across Michigan

Lansing, MI. (October 6, 2020) – Connected Nation Michigan (CN Michigan) has released new broadband coverage maps for the entire state. These updated maps now include additional community feedback and internet service provider input as well as on-the-ground field validation data.  “Getting a better picture of who has coverage and who doesn’t is a critical first step to closing the …

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer Signs 2021 budget, new spending plan in place starting October 1

The following article was published on October 1, 2020 by MI Newswire. LANSING, Mich. — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has signed her second budget into law, ensuring that Michigan has its spending plan in place prior to the start of the new fiscal year on October 1. The budget delivers on many of her signature priorities, including the Michigan Reconnect program for …

Senators Cornyn, Manchin Introduce Bill to Expand Broadband Access to Unserved Rural Areas

The following joint press release was issued on October 1, 2020 by the offices of Senators John Cornyn (R-TX) and Joe Machin (D-WV) WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators John Cornyn (R-TX) and Joe Manchin (D-WV) today introduced the Eliminate the Digital Divide Act, which would empower states to carry out their own broadband programs that will incentivize internet service providers to …

Improving Your Broadband Connection: How this Rural Michigan County Has Benefited From Faster Internet Speeds

Lake County, MI (September 25, 2020) – Having high-speed internet access is more important now than ever, and rural Michigan residents can vouch for that. During the late summer months of 2019, Casair, a Mid-Michigan wireless internet provider, rolled out fiber to Lake County in hopes of connecting more rural residents and businesses.  Last year, Connected Nation ran an article recapping …

Policy Brief: FCC Announces Special E-rate Filing Window for School District Bandwidth Upgrades 

On September 16, acknowledging the disruptions caused by COVID-19 and the new reliance on remote learning by school districts, the FCC directed the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) to open a second E-rate filing window for Funding Year 2020 (FY2020). The window opened Monday, September 21 and will close on Friday, October 16 at 11:59 p.m. EDT. This new window …