Wendy Lazarus: Advocate for Children, Pioneer Among Women

Editor’s note: In honor of Women’s History Month, we are profiling the women at Connected Nation. From leadership roles to internship positions, these women are using their skills and experiences at every level of the organization to fulfill our mission to expand broadband access, adoption, and use to all people. (March 28, 2019) – Wendy Lazarus is the kind of …

Broadband Access, the Difference Between Can and Do

The following was published in Dairy Business on March 28, 2019 by Megan Nelson, Economic Analyst How an FCC Survey Question May Overstate Broadband Access in Rural America At issue in the rural broadband debate is the way in which internet service providers are asked if they provide internet services to customers. The survey question posed to services providers is …

The Dismal Career Opportunities for Military Spouses

Editor’s Note: The Atlantic has done a great job in the below report illustrating the plight our nation’s military families face. Many military spouses are struggling to find stable, well-paying jobs simply because their husbands or wives are active duty. Connected Nation recognized this need and, in late 2018, launched a version of our job training and placement program, Digital …

Northern New Zealand Provides A Time for Learning

Far North, New Zealand (March 28, 2019) – Connected Nation (CN) is in New Zealand to share its best practices in closing the Digital Divide. But, today our team got the opportunity to learn from experiences of people who have a unique perspective on the issue. Chris Pedersen, CN’s Vice President for Development and Planning, was in Far North,  New …

Leaders demand more rural broadband access; Governor says time to ‘force this to happen’

Published by WRAL TechWire on March 27, 2019 By Mindy Hamlin  RALEIGH – Broadband was the word of the day at the North Carolina Rural Center’s Rural Day. More than 600 state and local leaders and community advocates gathered in downtown Raleigh yesterday to discuss broadband, as well as health and small business development as priorities for growth and success …

Let’s Get Digital: Connected Nation Takes Part in New Zealand Digital Skills Conference

Wellington, New Zealand (March 27, 2019) – When it comes to digital skills Connected Nation (CN) knows well the opportunities developing digital training programs in communities can provide. The nonprofit launched the Digital Works program nearly six years ago after recognizing the need for training and job placement that met the needs of an evolving workplace. Today, Chris Pedersen, Vice …

Having the Digital Revolution for Breakfast

Dargaville, New Zealand (March 26, 2019) – The town of Dargaville sits along the west coast on the northern island of New Zealand. It’s home to just a little more than 4,000 people and it’s known for farming kumara. It’s what Americans refer to as “sweet potatoes.” According to NewZealand.com, Dargaville has, in recent years, grown as a tourist destination.  …

Greetings from New Zealand: Connected Nation Takes Its Mission International

Whangarei, New Zealand (March 25, 2019) – Connected Nation is taking part in a week-long exchange program dubbed “Getting Connected New Zealand Outbound.”  The program, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State Office of Citizen Exchanges, was organized by World Learning. World Learning works to equip individuals and institutions to address the world’s most pressing problems through “experiential learning, leadership development, inclusive …

Ivey to headline Alabama Summit on Rural Technology

Published by The West Alabama Watchman on March 25, 2019 LIVINGSTON, Ala.—The University of West Alabama has joined with AT&T to announce the second annual Alabama Summit on Rural Technology, set for April 12 on the UWA campus in Livingston, with Governor Kay Ivey delivering the keynote address. The event features a broad slate of experts who bring unique perspectives to …