Indiana Gov. Holcomb gives rural broadband a $100 million boost

Published by StateScoop on February 22, 2019 by Colin Wood  Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb announced Friday a $100 million project to improve broadband access for the state’s rural residents. The initiative, which is being branded as Next Level Broadband program, is part of a broader $1 billion infrastructure initiative announced by the governor’s office in September. The $100 million dedication …

Digital Distress: What is it and who does it affect? Part 1.

Published by Medium Technology on February 21, 2019 by Roberto Gallardo & Cheyanne Geideman As the digital economy and society continue to grow, communities and individuals have a shot at improving their quality of life. However, not everybody is being able to participate in this digital age. Those on the wrong side of the divide are being left behind, prompting …

Third Frontier Grants $900K to Connect Ohio to Update State Broadband Map

Published by Columbus Business First on February 21, 2019  by Carrie Ghose  Columbus, OH. (February 21, 2019) – Ohio Third Frontier has granted $905,000 to a technology nonprofit to resume its detailed mapping of statewide broadband internet access. Connect Ohio Initiative LLC, a chapter of Connected Nation, has not been able to update its maps since 2017 when the last …

Indiana’s Lt. Gov. Touts Broadband Expansion to Rural Counties

Published by the Muncie Star Press on February 20, 2019  by Corey Ohlenkamp MUNCIE, Ind. – Speaking to the Muncie-Delaware County Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday, Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch touted state efforts to improve infrastructure including Hoosiers’ access to broadband in an attempt to spur statewide economic growth. The effort will focus on underserved areas in rural Indiana where providers argue …

FCC claims rural broadband access is improving

Published by F3News on February 20, 2019 The FCC has been working to speed up the rollout of broadband infrastructure through initiatives such as the Connect America Fund. Meanwhile, the federal government last week announced a multi-agency strategy to bring broadband to the millions of Americans who don’t currently have access to it, particularly in rural areas. “For the past two …

Black History Makers in Technology: Janet Emerson Bashen

Bowling Green, KY. (February 19, 2018) – Entrepreneur. Advocate. Inventor. Those are just some of the words to describe the life and career of Janet Emerson Bashen. In 2006, according to blackpast.org, Bashen became first African American woman in the United States to hold a software patent. Bashen is the founder and CEO of the Bashen Corporation, a human resources firm …

Lawmakers Seek Options To Boost Rural Broadband Connectivity in Georgia

Published by Georgia Public Broadcasting (NPR station) on February 19, 2019 by Stephen Fowler  Lawmakers are looking at ways to improve internet access across Georgia, especially in rural parts of the state. There are a number of bills filed this session that address different pieces of infrastructure and regulation and could expand coverage, but the first one to make its …

Internet Access Still Lacking

Published by the Star Beacon on February 18, 2019  by Jonn Wysochansk  Ashtabula, OH. – Officials are continuing to study ways to provide more and better broadband internet access to county residents, many of whom may live in areas with slow service and few providers. About 1.3 percent of consumers in the county live in areas with zero residential broadband …

Moving the Needle: Closing the Internet Access Gap Among African Americans

(February 19, 2019) – Our credo affirms that everyone belongs in a Connected Nation. As we commemorate Black History Month, we can see where strides have been made in this effort, even as more improvements are needed. At a recent forum held by the Multicultural Media Caucus and Nielsen, participants noted that “African Americans are entering a technology-driven marketplace with …