Statement from Connected Nation Chairman and CEO Thomas W. Ferree on the Biden Administration’s Efforts to Reduce Broadband Costs

Washington, DC. (May 9, 2022) – Thomas W. Ferree, Chairman & CEO of Connected Nation, released the following statement regarding the Biden Administration’s announcement today regarding their efforts to make broadband more affordable for millions of Americans: “Today, President Biden and Vice President Harris announced commitments from the nation’s 20 leading service providers to make high-speed, high-quality internet plans available for …

Why the FCC’s new National Broadband Map is important to your community

Louisville, Ky. and Nashville, Tenn. (November 30, 2022) – The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) released the updated National Broadband Map on Friday, November 18. This map is critical for determining how much each state receives of federal funding for expanding broadband access to unserved and underserved communities. Tom Ferree, Chairman & CEO, Connected Nation, recently spoke with RFD-TV, a national …

2022 Texas Broadband Hero Award goes to community leader with a long track record of public service

Lubbock, Texas (November 22, 2022) – Connected Nation Texas (CN Texas) is honored to present this year’s Texas Broadband Hero Award to Lonnie Hunt, Executive Director of the Deep East Texas Council of Governments (DETCOG). A political subdivision of the state of Texas, DETCOG is a voluntary association of cities, counties, schools, and other special districts in a 12-county region. …

Tyisha Varnado named Digital Works Graduate of the Year

Fort Campbell, Kentucky (November 21, 2022) — Connected Nation is proud to honor Tyisha Varnado as our 2022 Digital Works Graduate of the Year. She and other awardees were recognized at the Digital Works hub in Fort Campbell, Kentucky, during a press conference on November 15, announcing CN’s latest digital literacy learning and educational programs for teens, teachers, veterans, and …

Blue Star Families of Tennessee named Digital Works Community Partner of the Year

Fort Campbell, Kentucky (November 21, 2022) — Connected Nation is honored to name the Blue Star Families (BSF) Tennessee Chapter as Digital Works 2022 Community Partner of the Year. BSF and other awardees were recognized at the Digital Works hub in Fort Campbell, Kentucky, during a press conference on November 15 that announced CN’s latest digital literacy learning and educational …

Connected Nation applauds launch of National Broadband Map as a first step toward pinpointing where broadband is lacking

Washington, DC  (November 18, 2022) – Tom Ferree, Chairman & CEO of Connected Nation (CN), issued the following statement regarding today’s launch of the new National Broadband Map by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC): “Today’s launch of the new National Broadband Map marks a significant leap forward in our nation’s efforts to close the Digital Divide once and for all. …

Connected Nation honored with national award for “A national conversation on the Digital Divide”

Bowling Green, Ky. (November 18, 2022) – Connected Nation (CN) won top honors this month in PR Daily’s Nonprofit Communications Awards for best virtual event.  The national nonprofit was recognized for producing a three-city, live event titled “20 years of connecting the nation: a national conversation on the Digital Divide” that aired across the country on November 17, 2021. “Our …

Bridging the Divide: CN featured in a global report on digital financial equity and inclusion

Bowling Green, KY (November 17, 2022) – Since its inception, Connected Nation has been working tirelessly to achieve universal broadband access. Through mapping, working with communities on broadband planning, and providing innovative solutions, Connected Nation is helping to raise the awareness about the Digital Divide across the country. Our work has recently been cited in a global report on digital …

Connect K-12’s 2022 report shows 67% of U.S. school districts now meet FCC internet connectivity benchmark

Work to be done: 23.5 million students attend schools that still lack adequate bandwidth to support digital learning in every classroom, every day Washington, D.C. (November 16, 2022) – Connected Nation’s (CN) Connect K-12 Program has released its 2022 Report on School Connectivity in collaboration with Funds For Learning (FFL).  The annual report, now in its third iteration, includes findings …

Meet some of CN’s Digital Literacy and Learning trainers

I love the freedom and flexibility of working from home. But working in a remote world means that in-person meetings with co-workers can sometimes be few and far between. However, my recent trip to Grand Rapids, Michigan, for some of our Digital Literacy and Learning workshops gave me the opportunity to meet a fantastic group of Connected Nation (CN) staff …

Biden-Harris Administration Announces Timeline for National High-Speed Internet Deployment

The following press release was published on November 10, 2022 from the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (November 10, 2022) – The National Telecommunications and Information Administration expects to communicate Broadband Equity, Access, and Deployment allocation levels to eligible entities by June 30, 2023. The Biden-Harris Administration is required by law to allocate Broadband Equity, Access, and Deployment funds according to a formula …