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 …

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 …

Statement from Connected Nation Chairman & CEO Thomas W. Ferree on President Biden’s Address to Congress

Washington, DC. (April 29, 2021) – Thomas W. Ferree, Chairman & CEO of Connected Nation, released the following statement regarding President Joe Biden’s address to a joint session of Congress last night: “We were heartened to hear President Biden reiterate his commitment to seeking $100 billion in his infrastructure plan to ensure that every American has access to robust broadband, …

The pandemic’s impact on health care, broadband access and what it means for the future of telehealth

The April event is free to the public and will include an opportunity for Q&A with industry insiders and decision makers #CNtelehealth Virtual Event – (April 5, 2021) – The COVID-19 pandemic led to a sudden and unexpected surge in telehealth usage across the country. This forced both patients, providers, and policymakers to rethink when and how to use the …

SUCCESSFUL RURAL DIGITAL OPPORTUNITY FUND AUCTION TO EXPAND BROADBAND TO OVER 10 MILLION RURAL AMERICANS

Phase I Auction Allocates $9.2 Billion to Close the Digital Divide in 49 States and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands The following was a press release issued by the FCC on December 7, 2020 EDITOR’S NOTE: These pdf’s published by the FCC include a list of winning bids. This is the winning bidder summary and this is the …

Local committees work to expand broadband access, improve internet speeds across three area counties

Residents, businesses, community organizations input needed to develop regional technology action plans   (December 3, 2020) – Lapeer, Sanilac, and St. Clair Counties are right now working to develop county-specific Technology Action Plans. Broadband committees made up of local stakeholders from each county are focused on finding solutions for improving internet connectivity across the region. But they need help from local …

Michigan receives $10.3 million for rural broadband

The following was published in the Michigan Farmer on November 9, 2020 In the second round of funding through USDA’s ReConnect Program, Michigan has been awarded $10.3 million to provide broadband service in unserved and underserved rural areas in southwest and northeast Michigan. “The need for rural broadband has never been more apparent than it is now — as our …

VIDEO: Addressing the Need for Internet Access in Rural America

Washington, DC (November 4, 2020) – Connected Nation (CN) was recently invited by RFD-TV to address the issue of access to internet in rural areas after one viewer sent in the following comment: “My concern is the internet in rural areas. Children facing this COVID-19 crisis, families working from home…internet in the rural area really, really needs to be addressed. …

Help the New Midland County Broadband Committee Improve Internet Access and Speeds for Businesses, Homes

Midland County, Mich. (October 28, 2020) – The Midland County Broadband Committee, in partnership with Connected Nation (CN), just kicked off a Connected Community Engagement for the county. The Connected program, developed by CN, will leverage data and input provided by local residents, businesses, community organizations, and others to develop a Technology Action Plan that addresses the area’s unique broadband (high-speed …

Sanilac County Broadband Committee Seeks Your Input to Improve Internet Access and Speeds Across County Access

Sanilac County, MI (October 26, 2020) – The Sanilac County Broadband Committee just launched a new initiative to help expand and improve high-speed internet access for all county residents, businesses, schools, healthcare facilities, and community organizations. “For the last year, the Sanilac Board of Commissioners have discussed a county-driven initiative for reliable internet in Sanilac,” said Joel Wyatt, Vice Chairman …