Why rural internet programs bring new opportunities for remote workers and businesses

(September 14, 2018) – Microsoft and Network Business Systems plan to bring broadband internet to rural areas of Illinois, Iowa, and South Dakota. On Thursday, Microsoft and Network Business Systems announced plans to bring broadband internet access to rural communities in Illinois, Iowa, and South Dakota, bringing connectivity to approximately 126,700 unserved people, according to a press release. This connectivity …

Tech Today: How TV Whitespace Impacts the Internet

Bowling Green, KY. (September 11, 2018) – In rural areas of the country, people still “adjust the rabbit ears” to get better television reception. But imagine if that were your connection to the internet. While most wouldn’t be up for adjusting the antenna or wrapping tin foil on the “rabbit ears,” TV whitespace technology seeks to utilize the unused frequencies …

Connected Nation Launches Digital Job Training Program Geared to Military Spouses and Veterans

Elizabethtown, Ky. (September 10, 2018) – A pilot program from Connected Nation is now providing digital job and customer service training geared specifically for the unique needs of military spouses and veterans. A press conference was held last week in Elizabethtown to officially announce that Digital Works℠ (DW) classes were being offered near Fort Knox at Elizabethtown Community and Technical …

Upgrading McCamey, Texas: The Plan that Lead to Positive Change

McCamey, TX (September 5, 2018) – In February of this year, the Upton County Broadband Committee released its Technology Action Plan. It took six months of work to develop. Once  complete it provided a comprehensive look at broadband and its related technologies across the county—including in McCamey, Texas. “Connected Nation helped guide us through the process,” said Alicia Sanchez, Executive …

From Dial Up to Fiber: Anchoring an Arts Community

Marfa, Texas (September 10, 2018) – The City of Marfa is a town of  just under 2,000 people that sits in far west Texas just an hour from the Mexico border. Located between the Davis Mountains and Big Bend National Park, Marfa’s population swells with tourists because of its reputation as a cultural center for artist. “The town and the …

A Second Chance: How Digital Works Helped One Single Mom

Bowling Green, KY. (September 7, 2018) – Crystal Amesquita never expected to be in this position—recently incarcerated and struggling to find a job to support her 12-year-old son Dominic. “During my incarceration my son had made a statement to my boyfriend that he wanted to be a drug dealer, and I knew that was not the right way to live,” …

Tech Today: AT&T AirGig

Bowling Green, KY. (September 5, 2018) – In the 1930s, electricity had expanded to most urban areas in U.S., but very little electrical service existed in rural America. The Rural Electrification Act (REA) was enacted in 1936 and began the process of ensuring that electricity extended across the country and served even those in rural America. Fast forward to 2018 …

New Digital Job Training Available Near Fort Knox

by Makayla Ballman, WAVE 3 News Elizabethtown, Ky. (September 4, 2018) – A new pilot program has launched near Ft. Knox to help military spouses and veterans fill remote and telework positions. Connected Nation just launched its Digital Works program, a one-of-a-kind job-creation program developed specifically to meet the growing demand for online and digitally trained workers, thus offering a …