Ottawa County, Mich., Seeks Partnerships to Tackle Broadband Expansion

(TNS) — While broadband internet has been an issue for communities and townships in the area, Ottawa County, Mich., could roll full-speed ahead with a plan. The Ottawa County Broadband Committee is partnering with Connected Nation’s Connected Community Engagement Program. “Our Board of Commissioners has actively supported enhanced broadband for our residents and businesses for the last 10 years,” said …

TECH WEEK:Why Better Mapping is Critical to Getting Broadband Access to More People

By Jessica Denson Connected Nation Testifies on Capitol Hill For nearly two decades, Connected Nation has worked to bring internet access to families and businesses in both rural and urban settings, and, as a result, was recently asked to testify before the House Subcommittee on Communications and Technology. That’s because the focus of the hearing was on “Defining and Mapping …

Developing a Plan to Connect More Ottawa County Residents, Businesses, Schools

Ottawa County, MI. (June 19, 2017) –The Ottawa County Broadband Committee is partnering with Connected Nation’s Connected Community Engagement Program, (Connectedsm), to come up with a plan to improve access to high-speed internet in the county. The initial step to developing a comprehensive, countywide plan will consist of a short survey for residents, businesses, agriculture producers, healthcare facilities, and schools. …

TECH WEEK: Bandwidth Basics – What Are Mbps and How Many Do I Need?

By Connected Nation It’s #techweek in America, and Connected Nation is kicking it off by bringing you back to the basics by helping all of us understand what exactly bandwidth is all about and what your speed means. For starters, all online activities require bandwidth, which is measured in megabits per second (Mbps). Internet service providers (ISPs) generally charge more …

Digital Works in the News: CNN Visits Newaygo Facility

By Jessica Denson Digital Works’ newest facility has only been open for a few months, but in late May the Newaygo, MI, site received some unexpected attention. A CNN crew visited the facility, located at The Stream. The news crew was profiling the work being done in places like Newaygo to improve the quality of life for families and economic …

Connected Nation at Work

By Connected Nation A Connectedsm community designation shows that a community is equipped with broadband capabilities that meet FCC standards. This can help to attract young professionals, encourage new businesses and upstarts, improve real estate prospects, and give community members access to important online resources. The process to become a Connected community relies on community participation and a forward-thinking attitude, …

The Best Low-Cost Internet Options

By Connected Nation To make the Internet more widely available and help bridge the Digital Divide, many Internet Service Providers (ISPs) offer broadband access at discounted rates for qualifying families and individuals through assistance programs. If you or someone you know is being excluded or is disadvantaged due to a lack of affordable Internet access, these programs may be able …

Digital Inclusion Week: Leaving No One Out of a Connected Nation

Bowling Green, Ky. (May 8, 2017) – Digital Inclusion Week runs from May 8 to May 13. The week is meant to raise awareness that all individuals and communities, including the most disadvantaged, must have access to technologies that can improve their quality of life. For Connected Nation (CN), that means ensuring that no family, individual, or business is left …

Press Release: Mecosta County’s Broadband Initiative

Mecosta County, MI. (April 25, 2017) – Ten minutes is all it takes for you to help us better connect Mecosta County. The Mecosta County Broadband Committee has partnered with Connected Nation’s community engagement program, Connected, to come up with a plan to improve everyone’s access to high speed Internet. We’re asking agriculture county residents, local town residents, businesses, librarians, …

New Data Mapping Should Lead to Improved Broadband Services

April 1, 2017 The Sault St. Marie Evening News If information is power, the quest to improve and expand internet access in the Eastern Upper Peninsula just got an important jolt, thanks to the compiled and mapped results of a broadband survey by the Eastern Upper Peninsula Regional Planning and Development Commission (EUPRPDC). Over a period of months in 2016, …