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 …

How’s Your Internet Connection? Lapeer County Launches New Effort to Expand Broadband Access

Lapeer County, MI (October 9, 2020) – The Lapeer County Broadband Committee launched a new initiative today to help expand and improve high-speed internet access for all county residents, businesses, schools, healthcare facilities, and community organizations. “We must take immediate action to provide more families and businesses with access to the critical resources and information they need,” said Quentin Bishop, …

Gov. Whitmer announces initiatives to increase high-speed internet across Michigan

$12.7 million in Connecting Michigan Communities grants and launch of Connecting Michigan Taskforce will expand broadband infrastructure statewide  The following press release was issued by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s office on October 8, 2020 LANSING, Mich. — Creating fair and equal access for every Michigander to compete in the 21st century was at the core of Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s announcement today at the …

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer Signs 2021 budget, new spending plan in place starting October 1

The following article was published on October 1, 2020 by MI Newswire. LANSING, Mich. — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has signed her second budget into law, ensuring that Michigan has its spending plan in place prior to the start of the new fiscal year on October 1. The budget delivers on many of her signature priorities, including the Michigan Reconnect program for …

Senators Cornyn, Manchin Introduce Bill to Expand Broadband Access to Unserved Rural Areas

The following joint press release was issued on October 1, 2020 by the offices of Senators John Cornyn (R-TX) and Joe Machin (D-WV) WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators John Cornyn (R-TX) and Joe Manchin (D-WV) today introduced the Eliminate the Digital Divide Act, which would empower states to carry out their own broadband programs that will incentivize internet service providers to …