Legislating to Connect America: Improving the Nation’s Broadband Maps

“Extending the reach of rural broadband will help ensure that everyone can take part in a digital economy.” ~Rep. Bob Latta (R-OH) by Jessica Denson Director of Communications, Connected Nation Washington, D.C. (September 12, 2019) – What will it take to connect the 24 million Americans who still do not have access to high-speed internet (broadband)?  According to those who …

FCC Chairman Proposes $950M to Improve, Expand, Harden Broadband Networks in Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands

by Jessica Denson, Director of Communications Connected Nation Washington, D.C. (September 5, 2019) – When Hurricane Dorian roared to life in the Atlantic and started making its way toward the Bahamas and Florida, it smashed records. The Category 5 storm is among the “most powerful tropical systems ever observed in the Atlantic Ocean.” According to a report in the Washington …

$4.9 billion: These states got the most of the FCC’s funding for broadband expansion

by Jessica Denson, Director of Communications Connected Nation Louisville, Ky. (August 27, 2019) – The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) recently authorized $4.9 billion over the next decade for “maintaining, improving, and expanding rural broadband.”  The funds are earmarked for expanding high-speed internet (broadband) in 39 states and American Samoa, including 44,243 locations on Tribal lands. The announcement was made Thursday, …

Bipartisan Collaboration on American Broadband Buildout Act of 2019

The following was published in the Opelika Observer on July 10, 2019  Last week, U.S. Sens. Doug Jones (D-Ala.) and Susan Collins (R-Maine) introduced the American Broadband Buildout Act of 2019 (ABBA), a bipartisan bill to ensure that rural Americans have access to broadband services at speeds they need to fully participate in modern society and economy by directing the …

POLICY BRIEF: FCC Proposes Cap to Universal Service Fund, Extends Comment Deadline 

Washington, D.C. (July 10, 2019) –  In May, the FCC released a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) to seek comment on establishing a cap on the Universal Service Fund (USF) and, most recently, extended the deadline for comments on the proposal. This NPRM could impact the E-Rate and Rural Health Care funds and has raised some questions. There is some disagreement among …

Accelerating the Deployment of High-Speed Internet Access

FCC Broadband Deployment Advisory Committee Meeting Held Washington, D.C. (June 13, 2019) – The Federal Communications Commission is taking steps to accelerate the deployment of broadband to more communities. Today, the re-chartered Broadband Deployment Advisory Committee (BDAC) is meeting in Washington, D.C. Members of the committee include representatives from providers, nonprofits, and government associations. Connected Nation Chairman & CEO, Tom Ferree, …

FCC Authorizes Second Wave of Funding for Rural Broadband From Connect America Fund Auction

The following press release was issued on the Federal Communications Commission’s website on June 10, 2019  Media Contact: Chelsea Fallon, (202) 418-7991 chelsea.fallon@fcc.gov For Immediate Release FCC AUTHORIZES SECOND WAVE OF FUNDING FOR RURAL BROADBAND FROM CONNECT AMERICA FUND AUCTION Another Round of Funding Starts This Month for Broadband Buildout in Rural Communities in 22 States — WASHINGTON, June 10, …

Connected Nation Chairman Named to FCC Broadband Deployment Advisory Committee

Bowling Green, Ky. (May  20, 2019) – Tom Ferree, Chairman & CEO, Connected Nation, was named to the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) re-chartered Broadband Deployment Advisory Committee (BDAC). The committee’s mission will be to make recommendations on how to accelerate the deployment of high-speed internet access. “I’m honored to be named among the distinguished professionals who are taking part in …

FCC Chairman Sets $20B/10-Year Rural Broadband Funding Plan

The following was published by MeriTalk on April 15, 2019 The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) will be facilitating $20.4 billion of investments into high-speed broadband networks across rural America over the next 10 years, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai announced during a briefing with President Trump on April 12. To distribute those funds, the FCC will create the Rural Digital Opportunity Fund, which …

Coverage Questions Plague Rural Broadband Expansion

Editor’s Note: Connected Nation believes that one of the reasons many areas remain unserved or underserved when it comes to access to broadband is because there is not accurate data. The current data does not truly reflect who has access and who does not. The following piece, written by Anthony Izaguirre, was published by the Southeast Missourian on April 16, …