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 …

New Census Data Shows Broadband Adoption Rates Inching Up, Mobile Connectivity Growing in Importance

Bowling Green, Ky (September 24, 2020) – New data from the United States Census Bureau reveal higher broadband adoption rates in 2019 than in the prior year — an ongoing trend in the United States. And just last week, the Census Bureau released the first round of its data from the American Community Survey (ACS), which includes broadband adoption data. …

What a Texas School District Can Teach the Nation About Connecting and Educating a Generation of Kids

“Internet access is no longer a luxury. It’s something that every kid should be provided with.”       By Jessica Denson, Communications DirectorConnected Nation Lockhart, TX (September 24, 2020) – Mark Estrada, superintendent of Lockhart Independent School District, says the first day of in-person classes went pretty well considering the COVID-19 pandemic — with about 45 percent of students inside the …

Connected Nation Promotes Staff, Aligns Organization for Continued Growth Amidst National Focus on Closing Digital Divide

Bowling Green, Ky. (September 22, 2020) – Connected Nation (CN), a national nonprofit working to close the Digital Divide, is taking action to more effectively respond to the need for digital equity across the country by promoting and empowering key personnel. “Today we celebrate four accomplished Connected Nation veterans—not only for their contributions to our organization but also in their …

Healthcare From Anywhere: The FCC’s Impact on Telehealth Innovations and Programs

Lansing, MI. (September 15, 2020) – Connected Nation (CN), through its state program Connected Nation Michigan (CN Michigan), is hosting a series of FREE webinars focused on telehealth usage and advances for patients and doctors and how the technology is impacting the healthcare industry as a whole.  Join CN Michigan on Tuesday, September 22 at 10am (CT)/11am (ET) for a discussion with …

Connected Nation Named Among the Top Five Best Places to Work in Kentucky

Bowling Green, Ky. (September 9, 2020) – Connected Nation (CN) was just named among the top five Best Places to Work in the small business category by the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce, the Kentucky Society for Human Resource Management (KYSHRM) and ClearPath Mutual Insurance Company. This is the ninth time the Kentucky-based, national nonprofit has been honored among the best places to work in the state, …