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 …

Connected Nation honored for online resource hub in response to the coronavirus crisis

Bowling Green, Ky. (June 8, 2021) – Connected Nation (CN) is being honored by PR News for its Digital Newsroom “Responding to the Coronavirus Crisis.” This online newsroom provided immediate and critical resources for individuals and families as well as local and state leaders in response to the need for better internet access during the pandemic. “Connected Nation has worked …

To Help Close Digital Divide for Nearly 17 Million Students, AT&T Offers Discounted Wireless Data Plans with Free Wi-Fi Hotspots and Makes $10 Million Commitment to Help Underserved Communities

Classrooms that take advantage of the offer receive free unlimited wireless service1 for teachers2; the new $10 million commitment helps students participate in connected learning by providing free devices and service The following is a press release issued by AT&T on November 12, 2020 DALLAS – Nov. 12, 2020 What’s the news?  The COVID-19 pandemic has forced more than 50 …

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 …

Health Care From Anywhere: Telehealth Before, During, and After the Pandemic

Lansing, MI. (August 10, 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 health care industry as a whole.  Since the coronavirus outbreak, the need for telehealth and telemedicine has grown tremendously. …

Healthcare From Anywhere: Understanding Telehealth Innovations During the Pandemic

Lansing, MI. (July 13, 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. “The coronavirus pandemic has made telehealth a necessity and household term. As a …

Healthcare From Anywhere: Understanding Telehealth Innovations During the Pandemic

Lansing, MI. (July 13, 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. “The coronavirus pandemic has made telehealth a necessity and household term. As a …

COVID-19 Response Plans for Connecting More Residents, Businesses at the State and Community Level

Bowling Green, Ky. (April 21, 2020) – Connected Nation (CN) is providing a new resource for state and community leaders that will help them identify immediate and simple solutions for connecting more residents and businesses during COVID-19 quarantines. “When local and state leaders began to implement shut down and ‘social distancing’ orders now nearly a month ago, we responded by …

Why is Rural Broadband Essential?

Published by BLINQ Networks on April 16, 2020. Day after day, broadband internet access is proving indispensable for day-to-day activities. As we continue to practice social distancing, our internet access is shaping our reality and defining our access to essential services, products, and even income. It is undeniable that the urban areas were more prepared for this abrupt shift to …

Cut off: Coronavirus pandemic worsens hardship for thousands of Lansing area residents without internet

“It’s not a want to have. It’s a need to have. It’s sad that it took a virus to make people see that.” ~Eric Frederick, Executive Director, Connected Nation Michigan The following story was published in the Lansing State Journal on April 14, 2020 by Sarah Lehr Wesley Clark, 84, needed a new wheelchair. His doctor wanted to explain via …