NEW Statement from Connected Nation Chairman and CEO Thomas W. Ferree on the Biden Administration’s Efforts to Reduce Broadband Costs

Washington, DC. (May 9, 2022) – Thomas W. Ferree, Chairman & CEO of Connected Nation, released the following statement regarding the Biden Administration’s announcement today regarding their efforts to make broadband more affordable for millions of Americans: “Today, President Biden and Vice President Harris announced commitments from the nation’s 20 leading service providers to make high-speed, high-quality internet plans available for …

Connected Nation celebrates National Library Week

The American Library Association is celebrating National Library Week April 3 – 9. According to their website, the theme for National Library Week 2022, “Connect with Your Library,” promotes the idea that libraries are places to get connected to technology by using broadband, computers, and other resources. Libraries also offer opportunities to connect with media, programs, ideas, and classes—in addition …

FCC Announces $313 Million For Broadand Through The Rural Digital Opportunity Fund As Work Continues To Strengthen The Program

The following press release was issued by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) on Friday, March 25 Funding to Support Broadband Deployments to Over 130,000 Locations in 19 States WASHINGTON, March 25, 2022—The Federal Communications Commission today announced that it is ready to authorize more than $313 million through the Rural Digital Opportunity Fund to fund new broadband deployments in 19 …

Connected Nation CEO Tom Ferree responds to President Joe Biden’s first State of the Union Address

Washington, DC (March 1, 2022) – Tom Ferree, Chairman & CEO, Connected Nation, issued the following statement in response to President Joe Biden’s first State of the Union Address: “Tonight, President Biden outlined his administration’s ambitious goal to make broadband access available and affordable to every home in America.  For more than two decades, our organization has been singularly focused on …

Governor Whitmer & Lt. Governor Gilchrist Announce Planning Project to Connect Michiganders to High-Speed Internet

The following press release was issued by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s office on Monday, February 28, 2022 LANSING, Mich. – Governor Gretchen Whitmer and Lt. Governor Garlin Gilchrist II today announced that the state of Michigan has partnered with Connected Nation Michigan to lead the Broadband Infrastructure Audit and Validation project over the next six months. This project will utilize $5.2 million …

Connected Nation names four honorees to share the 2021 National Broadband Visionary Award

Bowling Green, Kentucky (December 13, 2021) – Connected Nation (CN) is honoring four organizations with the 2021 Broadband Visionary Award — KGW-TV in Portland, Oregon; Fort Bend Independent School District in Sugar Land, Texas; and, jointly, RFD-TV and the American Farm Bureau Federation in Washington, D.C. This prestigious national award recognizes those who demonstrate exceptional and innovative leadership in the …

RFD-TV and American Farm Bureau team up to host live, expert panels during national conversation on Digital Divide

Washington, DC will be one of three live locations across the country Washington, DC (November 12, 2021) – RFD-TV, a national rural affairs network, will host expert panelists at its American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) studio location during a “national conversation on the Digital Divide.” This  free event, produced by national nonprofit Connected Nation, will take place across the country …

Connected Nation applauds designation of Jessica Rosenworcel as FCC Chair, Gigi Sohn as new FCC Commissioner, Alan Davidson as head of NTIA

Washington, DC (October 27, 2021) – Tom Ferree, Chairman & CEO of Connected Nation, issued the following statement congratulating Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Acting Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel, Gigi Sohn, and Alan Davidson on their appointments to FCC and NTIA leadership positions:  “We commend President Biden for his selection of Jessica Rosenworcel to become permanent chair of the FCC. Throughout her …

Reflections on Digital Inclusion Week 2021 by Connected Nation’s VP of Digital Inclusion

It’s ok to have a new normal! What a great week! This year marked the sixth year of celebrating National Digital Inclusion Week. In case you missed it go to #DIW2021 or #DIW21 on Twitter to see all the great organizations, communities and digital inclusion practitioners that are working to empower vulnerable communities and individuals. Digital Inclusion week marks an …

Refugio County’s focus will be on increased digital literacy skills

Refugio County, Texas (September 21, 2021) – Located in Southeast Texas, and only an hour from Corpus Christi, Refugio County is ready for a plan to expand their broadband access. After months of collecting data, Connected Nation Texas (CN Texas) presented a broadband executive summary and action plan developed for Refugio County. A broadband survey was conducted between January 2021 …