The FCC Hosts a One-Day Supplier Diversity Workshop

Workshop with include networking opportunities for small businesses including women-owned, minority-owned along with other diverse groups Today (Monday, June 5) the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) Office of Communications Business Opportunities (OCBO) and Media Bureau (MB), in partnership with the FCC’s Advisory Committee on Diversity and Digital Empowerment (ACDDE) is hosting a one-day supplier diversity workshop for small businesses owned by …

VIDEO: Mapping is Key When Identifying the Digital Divide

On the heels of Digital Inclusion Week, some may wonder what is happening in Washington, D.C. to reach those that have been excluded from broadband (high-speed internet) access. Brent Legg, Vice President of Government Affairs for Connected Nation, spoke with RFD-TV about issues that arise when lawmakers have access to little or inaccurate data. “Unfortunately, many of the areas that …

Digital Exclusion is What’s Really Happening, Here’s How We Can Fix It

Digital Inclusion Week is a time to examine the perils of digital “exclusion.” What does it mean for everyone from children to small, rural business owners to be excluded from this digital economy? (May 11, 2018) – As we wrap up the official Digital Inclusion Week (May 7-11), it’s a great time to celebrate our successes as nonprofits dedicated to …

Digital Inclusion Week: Lack of Access, Digital Literacy is Hurting Families

The future looks brighter for those with the right digital skills. Digital inclusion means going beyond getting a computer, or connecting to the internet, or posting photos on Snapchat. It means learning how to use technology in innovative ways that employers need. Those who possess those skills will be a step ahead of those who do not. Unfortunately, as with …

What It’s Like to Live on the Wrong Side of the Digital Divide

The following was written by Mark McElroy, who serves on the Board of Directors for Connected Nation, as part of National Digital Inclusion Week (May 7-11). To request an interview with Mr. McElroy or if you have questions please contact us at info@connectednation.org. I live on the wrong side of the Digital Divide –that part of the country that’s left out …

Named the Top State in America, How Iowa Can Keep the Honor

(May 10, 2018) – Iowa’s Governor, Kim Reynolds, announced in her Condition of the State address earlier this year, an initiative to promote, invest and connect rural Iowa by expanding broadband capabilities in every corner of the state. That was a welcome statement considering that Iowa was recently announced as the best state in the nation, partially due to bringing …

34 Million Americans Are Without Broadband Access: Can We Connect Them?

The below was first published on connectmycommunity.org in November 2017. It was republished here on May 10, 2018.  Because of my mother’s health, I will become her caregiver. Having high-speed internet will allow me to work from home. Lack of high-speed internet in our area poses a significant and growing hurdle to our ability to do business and maximize my …

Digital Inclusion: What the U.S. Can Learn from Emerging and Developing Countries

The following was written by John Davies, who serves on the Board of Directors for Connected Nation, as part of National Digital Inclusion Week (May 7-11). To request an interview with Mr. Davies or if you have questions, please contact us at info@connectednation.org.  (May 10, 2018) – Over the last two decades, my career focused on Digital Inclusion in emerging and …

Digital Exclusion: A New Form of Student Segregation

The following was written by Wendy Lazarus, who serves on the Board of Directors for Connected Nation, as part of National Digital Inclusion Week (May 7-11). To request an interview with Ms. Lazarus or if you have questions, please contact us at info@connectednation.org.  (May 8, 2018) – In 1954, the Supreme Court ended school segregation with its landmark decision in …

Digital Inclusion Week: Why Rural America is Still Not Connected 

The following op-ed was written by Connected Nation’s Chairman & CEO, Tom Ferree, as part of National Digital Inclusion Week (May 7-11)   (May 7, 2018) – The internet is no longer a luxury. Its expansion into rural America is as important today as the expansion of electricity was in the 1930s. To be left out of a digital world is …