New Study Takes Look at County Internet Connection

The following story was published by The Teague Chronicle on August 27, 2020. With a number of students across Freestone County choosing to learn remotely in the 2020-21 school year, the need for functioning technology and connectivity becomes more important than ever. The county’s internet service speeds are at the forefront for those students learning from home, as well as …

Broadband Survey a Step Toward Connecting All Texans

The following was published by the DailyTrib.com on August 25, 2020 Amid a pandemic, high-speed internet at home has become a necessity for work and school, but many Burnet County residents still lack access. A simple, 10-minute survey could help connect every household. Connected Nation Texas, an independent organization committed to ensuring every Texan has broadband internet access, is surveying …

Panelists Discussed Innovations in Patient Telehealth Use During Connected Nation Webinar in Michigan

The following was published by BroadbandBreakfast on August 26, 2020. “The telehealth industry has experienced a five-year shift in six months,” said Nick Sarantis, system director of digital health at Baptist Health System, during a Connected Nation Michigan sponsored webinar on Tuesday. The virtual discussion featured a panel of experts from Michigan State University and Baptist Health who spoke on the past, …

5G in 2020

Bowling Green, Ky (August 19, 2020) – 5G advertisements have become universal, as the major carriers in the U.S. now have considerable deployments throughout the country. The past two years have brought a wave of changes in the 5G market, including recent acquisitions and expansion. Some of the providers talk about nationwide coverage, while others have focused on many urban …

Rep. Ashby’s Hope: “All Texans will have equal access to high-speed internet, regardless of their zip code.”

Connected Nation Texas recently asked Rep. Trent Ashby (R-Dist. 57) and other lawmakers to share their thoughts on why expanding high-speed internet to more Texas homes, businesses, and communities is important and explain what action is taking place at the state level to improve connectivity. Rep. Ashby shared the following in response to our questions: Why do you believe it’s …

Chattanooga and Hamilton County use Smart City infrastructure to bridge Digital Divide for Students

The following press release was published by EPB of Chattanooga on August 14, 2020. Chattanooga, TN (Aug. 14, 2020) – Hamilton County Schools (HCS) is joining with EPB of Chattanooga and other community partners to ensure all students can access the internet for online learning as the COVID-19 crisis continues.  Made possible by support from local private and public partners and …

Connected Nation Chairman & CEO Talks Digital Works 1,000 Job Celebration

Louisville, Ky (August 18, 2020) – Digital Works, a program of Connected Nation (CN) has just hit a major milestone; reaching 1,000 job placements. Connected Nation Chairman and CEO, Tom Ferree, spoke with RFD-TV, a broadcast group that focuses on rural affairs issues across the country, about how Digital Works goes beyond training and placement to encompass high-demand, telework professions. …

Donley and Wheeler Counties Partner to Improve High-Speed Internet Access Across the Region

Donley and Wheeler Counties, TX (August 18, 2020) –The Donley & Wheeler Counties’ Joint Broadband Committee, in partnership with Connected Nation Texas (CN Texas), today launched new work to improve broadband (high-speed internet) access for families, businesses, and communities in the panhandle.  “We must take action now to improve access to high-speed internet for everyone in our counties,” said Landon …

Pandemic highlights internet gap for rural students around Waco, Central Texas

The following story was published by the Waco Tribune-Herald on August 15, 2020 Fiber optic networks crisscross the university towns of Waco and Bryan-College Station, offering speeds of up to one gigabit per second, a gushing river of data that connects people with entertainment, education, business and medical information. But over much of the 90 miles between — in mostly …