On The Front Lines: Seamstress Answers Call for Help During COVID-19

Livonia, MI (March 25, 2020) – Across the country, hospitals are struggling to protect their own during the coronavirus outbreak.   But, a shortage of masks is making it difficult for health care workers who are on the front lines with those who are infected—and highly contagious—to stay healthy themselves. That includes staff and administrators at St. Mary’s Hospital in Livonia, …

Policy Brief: Congress Passes Broadband DATA Act

Washington, DC (March 20, 2020) – On March 10, 2020, Congress passed the Broadband Deployment Accuracy and Technological Availability (DATA) Act, which set the stage for a sweeping reform on how broadband data is collected, verified, and mapped by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and builds upon the Digital Opportunity Data Collection (DODC) report and order that the FCC adopted in August …

FCC Acts to Support Telehealth & Remote Learning During Coronavirus

The following is a press release issued by the FCC on March 18, 2020  WASHINGTON (March 18, 2020)—The Federal Communications Commission today announced important changes to the Rural Health Care (RHC) and E-Rate programs that will make it easier for broadband providers to support telehealth and remote learning efforts during the coronavirus pandemic.  Specifically, the FCC’s Wireline Competition Bureau has …

Internet 101: Free Training Resources Offered by Connected Nation

Bowling Green, Ky. (March 17, 2020) – The White House and public health officials announced today changes to telehealth initiatives and recommendations in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.  Those changes include expanding Medicare immediately to cover telemedicine. Officials suggested patients call their doctor’s offices if they had questions about telehealth services offered by their physicians. The White House also …

FCC Chairman Launches the Keep Americans Connected Pledge, Here’s What He’s Asking Providers to Do

The following press release was issued by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) on March 13, 2020 Pai Calls on Broadband and Telephone Service Providers to Promote Connectivity for Americans Impacted by the Disruptions Caused by the Coronavirus Pandemic WASHINGTON, March 13, 2020—Yesterday, in multiple phone calls with broadband and telephone service providers and trade associations, Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit …

Michigan’s Governor Expands Telemedicine, Urges President Trump to Permit ACA Special Enrollment Period During COVID-19

The following is a press release issued by Gov. Whitmer’s office on March 12, 2020  LANSING, Mich. — Today, Governor Gretchen Whitmer announced that her administration will expand access to telemedicine for Michiganders by immediately allowing Medicaid beneficiaries to receive services in their home while the state combats the spread of Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). In addition, insurance plans like Blue Cross Blue …

Alcona County Seeks to Expand Internet Access

The following was published in The Alpena News on March 12, 2020 by Crystal Nelson  HARRISVILLE — Alcona County’s newly established Economic Development Corp. would like to see high-speed internet more easily accessible to businesses and residents throughout the county. Chairman Doug Cheek said there are various amounts of fiber, one type of infrastructure used to provide internet services, “dotted” around the …

USDA Extends ReConnect Application Deadline to March 31

WASHINGTON, March 12, 2020 – Today, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Deputy Under Secretary for Rural Development Bette Brand announced USDA has extended the deadline (PDF, 245 KB) for ReConnect Pilot Program applications to March 31. “By extending the ReConnect Program application deadline, we are helping even more qualified organizations access the essential funding to make high-speed broadband connectivity a …

Telehealth is One Tool for Preventing the Spread of Coronavirus

What a Telehealth Study in Rural Michigan Can Teach Us about Taking a Better Approach to Healthcare Every Day and During a Health Crisis by Jessica Denson, Communications Director Connected Nation Lansing, MI (March 12, 2020) – Fears about the coronavirus (COVID-19), including how easily it can be transmitted and its deadly impact on vulnerable populations, are, perhaps, spreading faster …

Connected Nation Praises Final Passage of the Broadband DATA Act, Commends Senate Commerce Chairman Wicker, House Energy & Commerce Chairman Pallone for their Leadership

Washington, DC (March 10, 2020) – Connected Nation (CN) praised the final passage of the Broadband DATA Act (S.1822) in the U.S. Senate today, after the bill cleared the House of Representatives by unanimous consent on March 3. The national nonprofit believes that progress toward closing the Digital Divide in the United States cannot be achieved without accurate and precise …