Dear Ohio Senators: How One Third-Grade Class Sees the Digital Divide

Columbus, OH. (July 12, 2018) – Ten to 15 years ago, having internet at school wasn’t a necessity. But now it’s an important learning tool for students to keep up in the classroom. In the spring of 2018, Knox Elementary School principal Stephen Fowler took it upon himself to bring awareness to this issue, and he did so the best …

Despite Forward Progress, Broadband Access Remains an Issue in Michigan

Laketown, MI (July 3, 2018) – For Connie Valkema, at-home internet has been an integral, but unreliable part of her livelihood for years. When Valkema, a resident of Laketown Township for about the past five years, found out Comcast Corp. was expanding its network to bring high-speed internet service to most of Laketown and Saugatuck townships, she became emotional. “I got …

Rural Communities Suffer the Most Without Access to the Web

Twin Lake, MI (July 1, 2018) – Like most people these days, Wanda Finkler relies on the Internet to stay connected. Finkler lives in Twin Lake in Muskegon County, Mich., and shops online, does her banking online, uses social media to connect with her friends and family. So, as she built a new home in the area, Finkler was excited by …

Bringing Broadband to Rural Texas

Austin, TX. (July 1, 2018) – There are times when volunteer firefighter Jerry Bell could really use a broadband internet connection to find water or to pull up Google Maps for a better fix on his location. But because Bell and his fellow Lake Palo Pinto Volunteer Fire Department members often find themselves battling a blaze miles from town, that’s not …

How Digital Works is Improving Economic Growth in Rural Communities

Grants, New Mexico (June 28, 2018) – It can be difficult to find a job in rural America. There are few brick-and-mortar opportunities for those who want to stay close to their families and provide for their children or themselves. As a result, many are forced to move to larger cities and leave behind the quiet life they know and …

Lack of high-speed internet leaves rural communities behind

Lauren Gibbons, M Live 06/28/2018 A lack of reliable, speedy internet can impact several aspects of a community’s success, including access to educational and economic development opportunities, said Eric Frederick, executive director of Connect Michigan. Connect Michigan is a nonprofit that works with the Michigan Public Service Commission to track broadband access in the state. Getting people access to that infrastructure and educating them on ways they …

Working Together to Strengthen the Lives of Rural Americans

American Farm Bureau President Joins Connected Nation Board of Directors   Bowling Green, Ky. (June 26, 2018) – American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) President Zippy Duvall may lead one of the nation’s largest and most prominent nonprofits, but at heart he’s a third-generation farmer from Georgia. Duvall is someone who advocates for and understands well the challenges facing farmers, ranchers, …

A Way Out of Poverty: How Digital Works is Helping Single Moms

Greensburg, KS (June 28, 2018) – Being a single mother can be tough. But according to the American Psychological Association*, it’s even more difficult than you may think. That’s because households led by a single mom have a 31.6% poverty rate. So, it’s important to give single mothers better options for supporting their families. For Tami Raber, Digital Works was …