How the USDA is Improving Rural Broadband Development Through Its ReConnect Program

Bowling Green, KY. (December 5, 2019) – Over the past couple months, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has invested in rural broadband development across the United States through its ReConnect Loan and Grant Program. According to the USDA, this program offers “unique federal financing options in the form of grants, loans, and combinations thereof to create or improve rural …

FCC Chairman Announces Plan to Launch $9 Billion 5G Fund for Rural America

The following is a press release issued by the FCC on December 4, 2019 5G Fund Would Replace Mobility Fund Phase II and Focus on Bringing the Most Advanced Wireless Services to Rural Areas WASHINGTON, December 4, 2019—Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai announced today that he intends to establish the 5G Fund, which would make up to $9 billion in …

New Report: Expanding Broadband, Digital Skills Critical to America’s Future

by Jessica Denson, Communications Director Connected Nation Louisville, Ky. (November 21, 2019) – The Benton Institute for Broadband & Society recently released a report that calls broadband (high-speed internet) “the most transformative technology of our generation.” It can grow the American economy, empower workers, and strengthen communities. “For many Americans, lack of broadband access means having less opportunity than their …

New Tool Developed to Help Improve High-Speed Internet Access in Northeast Michigan

Otsego County, MI (October 29, 2019) – The Northeast Michigan Council of Governments (NEMCOG), in partnership with Connected Nation Michigan, just completed an important milestone in its efforts to improve broadband (high-speed internet) access across Northeast Michigan: a vertical asset inventory. “A major obstacle in the region to not only our local economy but also our quality of life is …

Study Reveals Ramifications of Limited Rural Broadband Service On American Farmers

The following release and study were published this week by the United Soybean Board. Click here to read the original post.  ST. LOUIS (October 9, 2019) — A new study commissioned by the United Soybean Board (USB) reveals the lack of access to broadband in rural areas takes a significant toll on American farmers and the economy. According to “Rural Broadband …

New U.S. Census Findings: Number of Households Without Internet Access

Bowling Green, KY (October 9, 2019) – In late September, the United States Census Bureau released new data from 2018 American Community Survey (ACS). This includes the number of households that currently do not have any internet service (including no dial-up, fixed broadband, mobile-only, anything). The numbers are listed below. The bold text represents the states that Connected Nation has …

A Parched Country: Study Shows Digital Deserts Exist

by Jessica Denson, Communications Director Connected Nation Louisville, Ky. (September 18, 2019) – Take a close look at the map (figure 1) to your right. Everything in gray is an area without a single internet service provider (ISP)—these are what we refer to as “Digital Deserts.” Each gray area is filled with families, businesses, libraries and schools, and whole communities …

From Phone to Fiber: How One Company is Connecting Parts of Rural Ohio

“I think we’re providing big-city access to rural people.” by Jessica Denson, Director of Communications Connected Nation Bascom, OH. (August 28, 2019) – When Pauline O’Connor wrote to Connected Nation earlier this year, she made it clear just how disconnected she felt. “Having lived in the ‘Bermuda triangle of communications’ running from south of McCutchenville, east to Sycamore and north on …

$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, …