Small change, big impact: Connected Nation program helping communities expand internet access gets refresh

Connected Community Engagement Program rebrands to better reflect work to improve connectivity across the country Bowling Green, Kentucky (September 14, 2021) – A lot has changed in the last year but from change comes opportunity–for the Connected Community Engagement Program (Connected) that means rebranding to more accurately reflect how the program helps communities, counties, and states. Connected is a Connected …

Eaton County Broadband Communication Council launches work to improve countywide internet access, speeds

Eaton County, Michigan (September 1, 2021) – The Eaton County Broadband Communication Council just launched a new effort to expand and improve high-speed internet access across Eaton County. A kickoff summit was held today in the Board of Commissioners Room at the Eaton County Courthouse, with attendees representing a wide range of local government, economic development, business, education, and other …

Gov. Whitmer, Lt. Governor Gilchrist announce high-speed internet expansion in Washtenaw County to support small businesses

Contact: Press@Michigan.gov  – the following press release was issued by Gov. Whitmer’s office on July 22, 2021 LANSING, Mich. – Today, Governor Whitmer and Lt. Governor Gilchrist announced that the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration (EDA) is awarding a $2.4 million CARES Act Recovery Assistance grant to Ann Arbor SPARK, Ann Arbor, Michigan, to construct 20 miles of underground fiber optic cable in the cities of Ann …

Cheboygan County poised for Massive Broadband Expansion

The following press release was issued by the Cheboygan Economic Development Corporation (EDC) on July 13, 2021 Cheboygan County, Michigan (July 13, 2021) – The Cheboygan County Economic Development Corporation (EDC) identified Technology as a leading priority for countywide development with a strong focus on supporting energy and broadband initiatives. To that end, they teamed up with Connected Nation to …

Mapping Michigan’s Digital Divide: Students research Internet access and need in rural Michigan

Ann Arbor, MI (June 9, 2021) – For the last several years, broadband access in rural areas has become a growing problem. It has been brought to the attention of many national organizations and to our state and federal governments. But how do you solve an issue of this size? You can start by raising awareness and educating the general …

Connecting Michigan Communities: What Should Communities Be Doing Now?

Bowling Green, KY (June 10, 2021) – Access to broadband (high-speed internet) is more important now than ever, especially in Michigan. That’s why Connected Nation Michigan (CN Michigan) is hosting a series of webinars called “Connecting Michigan Communities” to highlight critical broadband needs and technology-related topics.  The CN Michigan team held their twelfth webinar on Tuesday, June 8th at 11:00am …

Governor Whitmer Signs Executive Directive to Expand High-Speed Internet Access For Michiganders

Creation of Michigan High-Speed Internet Office will bring high-speed internet access to more residents,  homes, and small businesses across the state  The following press release was issued by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s office on June 2, 2021 LANSING, Mich. — Governor Gretchen Whitmer today issued Executive Directive 2021-02 to help bridge the digital divide by establishing the Michigan High-Speed Internet Office (MIHI) to make high-speed internet more affordable and accessible. With high-speed internet becoming …

Connected Nation and M-1 Studios honored with Telly Award for work to improve understanding of telehealth

Bowling Green, Ky. (June 1, 2021) – Connected Nation (CN), in partnership with M-1 Studios, produced a series of Public Service Announcements to create a better understanding of how to use telehealth while protecting patient privacy and avoiding other pitfalls. The long-form version of those PSAs titled “All about telehealth in 7 minutes or less” was honored with a Bronze …

From billions of dollars in new funding to mandatory minimum speeds, why NOW is an unprecedented time for broadband expansion in America

By Eric Frederick, Vice President, Community AffairsConnected Nation I recently looked up “how much is a billion?” It’s a difficult number to comprehend. The most common answer is that it’s a thousand million. Another answer is that a billion seconds is equivalent to 31 and a half years. It’s quite the sum. Now, try to imagine a billion times 365 …