How Digital Works Is Helping Those Who’ve Served

Bowling Green, KY. (October 16, 2018) – Amador Garcia is a retired veteran who was looking for a career change. “When I moved to Kentucky to be close to my grandkids, I decided I needed to get my education going,” said Garcia. That’s what led him to Digital Works. Digital Works is a workforce development program that provides employer-specific training for teleworkers. …

Both Blackburn and Bredesen say they want to expand rural internet. Here’s how each would do it.

By: Jamie McGee, Nashville Tennessean Nashville, TN. (October 11, 2018) – For Tennessee residents living in Hamilton County, home to Chattanooga’s municipally provided internet, 1 percent of residents lack access to basic internet speeds. But in Hickman County, 35 percent lack access to basic internet, or speeds of 25 megabits per second. In Wayne, Perry and Hancock counties, each classified by the state as economically distressed …

Iowa: Rural Broadband, and the Unknown Costs of the Digital Divide

Published in the Columbia Journalism Review on October 15, 2018 Article by Lyz Lenz The last time I almost died was in February. A late winter thaw had made me overconfident in the roads, and so I’d gone out in search of an abandoned pioneer church just outside of Cedar Rapids, Iowa. One hour into the journey and I was …

Why YOU Should Care About Digital Inclusion

Louisville, Ky. (October 15, 2018) – Before I started working at Connected Nation, the terms “digital exclusion” and “Digital Divide” never crossed my mind. Why would they? I have fast, reliable internet access pretty much any time I want it. I use it every single day. Among dozens of other tasks I do online, I pay my bills, track my …

Rural Broadband Availability is Vastly Overestimated Thanks to Flawed FCC Data

By: Joan Engebreston, The Telecompetitor (October 9, 2018) – The FCC has vastly overestimated rural broadband availability, according to a new report from the Center for Rural Affairs. The commission has been relying on Form 477 data in gauging where broadband is available for purposes of the Connect America Fund and Universal Service Fund programs. Individual states also have relied on …

Retiree Now Able to Support Herself through Digital Works

Bowling Green, KY. (October 10, 2018) – Maureen Dunlevy is a recent retiree relying on limited income to support herself. Interested in customer service, Dunlevy found an ad in the newspaper for an online training program called Digital Works. Digital Works is an innovative workforce-development program of Connected Nation. It focuses on the growing need for workers who are trained …

New to Military Life: How Digital Works is Helping One Young Couple

Bowling Green, KY. (October 9, 2018) – Being a newlywed can be tough, especially if your spouse is states away training for the military. This was the case for Jaelyn Smith. “I needed a job that was transferable so I would be able to work anywhere,” said Smith. “This is what led me to Digital Works.” Connected Nation recently launched …

The Gig Economy Goes Global

By: Morgan Stanley (June 4th, 2018) – Shifting demographics, digitalization, and the desire for greater job satisfaction could redesign the landscape of global employment into a freelance-driven model in the coming years, presenting benefits and challenges to corporates, the staffing industry, and the freelancers themselves. In the United Kingdom, France and the Netherlands, freelance growth has outpaced overall employment growth. The …

Closing the Gap: Private, Public Efforts Underway to Bring Internet to Rural Areas.

By: Kaitlin Ryan, The Alpena News ALPENA — The lack of broadband availability is more than an inconvenience in northern Michigan, it is an obstacle to growth, local internet providers said. Without accessibility to the online world, communities are cut off from a wealth of information, connection to people, business opportunities, and general technological advances, providers said. It also prevents …

Mother of Three Finding Time for Family through New Program

Bowling Green, KY. (September 25, 2018) – Alycia Ward is a mother of three young children: a 12 year old daughter, 5 year old son, and a 3 year old son. She was looking to change career paths so she could enjoy her time with her children. “I was previously in hospitality and culinary arts but it didn’t fit my …