The Rural Digital Opportunity Fund: What’s up with the wait for Phase II?

Lansing, Michigan (September 24, 2021) – The Rural Digital Opportunity Fund (RDOF) provides a unique opportunity to expand access to fixed broadband and voice service to millions of unserved homes and small businesses in rural America. There’s one problem—a hold up when it comes to Phase II of the $20.4 billion program. “This comes up a lot when we’re talking …

20 years of connecting the nation: a national conversation on the Digital Divide

Bowling Green, Ky. (September 21, 2021) – Connected Nation (CN) is marking 20 years of service in 2021 by hosting a one-of-a-kind, live event that will air nationally from three US cities on Wednesday, November 17 from 11am to 3pm (eastern). Registration for the live event is free at cn20.org. “We have been focused on closing the Digital Divide for …

Refugio County’s focus will be on increased digital literacy skills

Refugio County, Texas (September 21, 2021) – Located in Southeast Texas, and only an hour from Corpus Christi, Refugio County is ready for a plan to expand their broadband access. After months of collecting data, Connected Nation Texas (CN Texas) presented a broadband executive summary and action plan developed for Refugio County. A broadband survey was conducted between January 2021 …

Wharton County and Connected Nation Texas – a partnership for broadband success

Wharton County, Texas (September 20, 2021) – Recently, Connected Nation Texas (CN Texas) presented the technology action plan developed for Wharton County. Between November 2019 and February 2021, CN Texas conducted a broadband survey to determine the availability of internet infrastructure; how its residents are adopting and using broadband services; and what steps would have the greatest impact toward improving …

Houston County seeks solutions to broadband access, adoption, and use

Houston County, Texas (September 17, 2021) – Located 2 hours north of Houston, Texas, Houston County is getting ready to implement the Technology Action Plan developed for them by Connected Nation Texas (CN Texas). A broadband survey, which collected responses from 391 residential households, was conducted between January 2021 and May 2021. The purpose of the survey was to determine …

Small change, big impact: Connected Nation program helping communities expand internet access gets refresh

Connected Community Engagement Program rebrands to better reflect work to improve connectivity across the country Bowling Green, Kentucky (September 14, 2021) – A lot has changed in the last year but from change comes opportunity–for the Connected Community Engagement Program (Connected) that means rebranding to more accurately reflect how the program helps communities, counties, and states. Connected is a Connected …

Texas County releases findings and recommendations for improving internet access, speeds

More than 480 surveys completed across Morris County provide key data points for new technology action plan Morris County, Texas (September 13, 2021) – The Connected Nation Texas (CN Texas) Connected Program partnered with the Morris County Broadband Team to conduct a study designed to determine the availability of broadband infrastructure throughout the county. Between July 2020 and May 2021, …

The Hill Country of Texas: How three counties are coming together to become ‘Connected Communities’

Blanco, Burnet and Llano Counties, Texas (September 13, 2021) –  The Texas Hill Country is comprised of picturesque communities tucked inside the rural countryside of Central and South Texas. It is a part of Texas that struggles with access to broadband internet — however, that is about to change. A technology action plan developed by Connected Nation Texas (CN Texas) …

Knox County Texas launches broadband project

Input needed for countywide plan to improve internet access and speed in Knox County Knox County, Texas (September 13, 2021) – The Knox County Broadband Committee is developing a Technology Action Plan for the county based on community feedback from residents, businesses, healthcare organizations, schools, and more. The Broadband Committee is made up of local stakeholders and works closely with …