Microsoft Expands Rural Broadband Initiative to 25 states

Published by StateScoop on December 4, 2018 by Ryan Johnston Microsoft will expand its rural broadband development initiative to reach three million people throughout 25 states by July 4, 2022, according to an announcement made by company President Brad Smith on Tuesday. The company launched its “Airband” initiative 18 months ago to partner with local and regional internet service providers …

Local Banks Should Invest in Broadband Expansion Plans in Rural Areas, Report Says

Published by The Daily Yonder on December 5, 2018  by Janet Fix and Letty Shapiro EDITOR’S NOTE: A new report from Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (a federal regulatory agency) encourages banks to invest and participate in projects that improve broadband for underserved communities. Besides meeting community needs and improving their own internet access, banks may be eligible to count broadband projects toward federal requirements to support local …

Computer Science Education Week: Why It Matters Now More Than Ever

“Computer science is one of the few policy issues that can address both foundational education needs and workforce development demands for a state’s future workforce.” ~Code.org Advocacy Coalition December 5, 2018 – The evolution of technology has created new and exciting opportunities for us to achieve the unimaginable and reach heights that were once beyond our grasp. With computing technology, …

How Digital Works Helps Military Spouses

Bowling Green, KY. (November 26, 2018) – Moving from place-to-place while trying to keep a steady job can be hard. This is the reality for Adriana Honsinger. As a military spouse, Honsinger has accompanied her husband on moves overseas and to the East Coast to report to new military stations. It’s made it difficult for her to keep and steady job, which …

The Cost of Being Excluded From a Digital World

Bowling Green, KY. (November 26, 2018) – Access to high-speed internet is now more than a want — it’s a need. The cost of being excluded is too high for small businesses, making it hard to reach their full potential without the tools and resources broadband provides. Heather Gate, director of Digital Inclusion at Connected Nation, spoke with RDF-TV about how the …

New Digital Training Program Supports Military Veterans and Spouses

Bowling Green, KY. (November 16, 2018) – Connected Nation recently launched its newest Digital Works program training facility in Fort Knox, KY, to help military veterans and spouses find remote jobs. The four- to six-week program equips students with skills to work in the telework industry and connects graduates to customer support and IT jobs for global corporations. “Talking to …

VIDEO: Engaging Communities in Their Broadband Future

Bowling Green, KY. (November 14, 2018) – Digital inclusion means going beyond connecting to the internet or posting photos on Facebook. It means improving quality of life through technology. Connected Nation VP of Community Affairs, Eric Frederick, sat down with RFD-TV during Digital Inclusion Week (October 15- 21) to discuss why digital inclusion and broadband are important to all communities. “Digital inclusion is the idea that …

$91 Million in USDA Rural Broadband Funding Awarded in 12 States

By: Carl Weinschenk, The Telecompetitor (November 13, 2018) – The U.S. Department of Agriculture is investing $91 million in e-Connectivity initiatives in 12 states. The USDA rural broadband funding will go toward networks in Arkansas, Georgia, Iowa, Kentucky, Minnesota, North Carolina, North Dakota, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Utah and Virginia, and is expected to help 27,000 business and households. “In …

Mapping the Digital Divide: How GIS is Impacting Lives

November 14, 2018 – Today we recognize GIS Day, established in 1999 to show how location intelligence through the use of geographic information systems (GIS) touches everyone. It is now a global event that demonstrates how far GIS extends into people’s lives and provides a forum for users to showcase their unique accomplishments using GIS. Connected Nation uses GIS to better …

Governor’s Office Challenges FCC Mobility Fund Phase II Eligibility Map; Test Results Could Mean More Funding for LTE Service Buildout in Kansas

By: Kansas Office of the Governor (November 13, 2018) – Today, Governor Jeff Colyer, M.D. announced that his office has successfully challenged the Federal Communication Commission’s Mobility Fund Phase II (MF-II) Eligibility Map, which the Commission will soon use to determine areas that will be eligible for funding for mobile LTE broadband service buildout in unserved areas.  Unlike surrounding states, Kansas …