FCC announces nearly $800 million for broadband through the rural digital opportunity fund

The following press release was by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) on Wednesday, August 31 To Date Over $6 Billion Authorized for Broadband Deployment in 47 States WASHINGTON, August 31, 2022—The Federal Communications Commission today announced that it is ready to authorize $791,604,299 through the Rural Digital Opportunity Fund to six providers to fund new broadband deployments to over 350,000 …

Connected Nation Communications Director named finalist in national 2022 PR News Platinum Awards

Bowling Green, Ky. (August 30, 2022) – Jessica Denson, Communications Director for national nonprofit Connected Nation (CN) has been named as a finalist in the 2022 Platinum Awards, PR News recently announced. CN is being honored in the category of PR Professional of the Year: In House. “I’m very excited to see Jessica and her team’s work recognized,” said Tom …

Ellis County seeks input from residents on local broadband engagement

Ellis County, Texas (August 30, 2022) – The Ellis County Broadband Committee, along with Connected Nation Texas (CN Texas), is asking residents, business owners, ranchers, agriculture producers, first responders, community institutions, and health care officials to participate in a 10-minute survey designed to assess internet needs and usage throughout the community. Respondents are asked to select the survey category or …

2022 trends in remote employment

Fort Campbell, Kentucky (August 24, 2022) — The Fort Campbell Digital Works team has a rare view into the world of remote employment because of the career readiness support that is included in the program. During training, each learner gains or refreshes their skills, including customer service, verbal and written communication, basic technical competencies, and the unique experience of searching …

The path forward: How telehealth continues to provide care for underserved Americans

Nashville, Tennessee (August 23, 2022) — When COVID-19 hit just two years ago, U.S. health care systems were in for a huge adaptation period. Because of health risks and restrictions, many people could not visit their primary health care physicians in person — their only option was to meet with them virtually via telehealth. In the recent study The Roadmap to …

King County Broadband Committee invites community to attend August 25 broadband project kickoff event

King County, Texas (August 18, 2022) – The King County Broadband Committee, along with Connected Nation Texas (CN Texas), is inviting local stakeholders, community residents, and media to attend a special kickoff event on Thursday, August 25, at 6 p.m. to discuss expanding and improving broadband access, adoption, and use throughout King County. Attendees will learn more about broadband access …

AT&T Contributes $6 Million for Digital Literacy Initiatives Nationwide to Help Narrow Digital Divide

More than 400 libraries and community organizations will host in-person digital literacy workshops using online courses developed in collaboration with Public Library Association (PLA) Dallas, Texas (August 16, 2022) – What’s the news? As part of $6 million in contributions, AT&T is bringing bilingual, in-person digital literacy workshops to more than 400 libraries and community centers across the country. These …

An intern’s experience with remote work emphasizes the need for better broadband

Lexington, Kentucky (August 16, 2022) — I am an upcoming junior at the University of Dayton. This summer, I had a part-time internship in the Communications Department here at Connected Nation that was entirely remote. This was my first remote-work experience, and I found it wonderful!  My experiences during the pandemic made the transition to teleworking much easier, as I …

Billions in broadband funding: Who decides where it goes and why some states are preparing to challenge those decisions

Nashville, Tenn. (August 15, 2022) – Billions of dollars in funding for expanding access to broadband (high-speed internet) is now available to states. RFD-TV, a broadcast group that focuses on rural affairs issues across the country, asked Connected Nation (CN) to explain what state and community leaders need to know and do about accessing those funds to help unserved or …

Red River County Broadband Committee invites community to attend August 18 broadband project kickoff event

Red River County, Texas (August 11, 2022) – The Red River County Broadband Committee, along with Connected Nation Texas (CN Texas), invites local stakeholders, community residents, and media to attend a special kickoff event on Thursday, August 18, at 5 p.m. to discuss expanding and improving broadband access, adoption, and use throughout Red River County. Attendees will learn more about …