National Nonprofit Working to Close Digital Divide Applauds President Trump’s Commitment to Rural America

Washington, D.C. (February 5, 2020) – Connected Nation Chairman and CEO Tom Ferree released the following statement in response to President Donald Trump’s State of the Union Address, specifically his commitment to ensure “that every citizen can have access to high-speed internet, including rural America.” “We are excited to see that the Trump Administration remains committed to building a better …

Digital Works Marks its First Day of Classes in Fort Campbell Facility

Fort Campbell, KY (February 4, 2020) –Digital Works (DW) opened its doors yesterday to ten participants for the first day of classes at a new facility. It’s located across from Fort Campbell in southern Kentucky. This  location is focused specifically on bringing work-from-home jobs training and placement assistance to military spouses, veterans, and select dependents. Military spouses have some of …

Regional Broadband Forums: Improving Internet Access in Ohio

Public Asked to Provide Input on Broadband Maps Jackson OH (February 3, 2020) – Connected Nation Ohio’s (CN Ohio) staff hosted seven broadband forums across the state to review recently updated broadband coverage maps. CN Ohio is looking for feedback on the maps, broadband availability issues, FCC mapping data, survey results, and much more. If you did not get to attend one …

Surveys could help expand high-speed internet into rural areas

Published by the DailyTrib.com By Daniel Clifton With more than 100 people — government officials, business owners, residents — packed into the meeting room at the Pedernales Electric Cooperative’s Marble Falls office January 31, it was clear that rural broadband internet access matters. “Our area needs broadband. Period,” said Burnet County Judge James Oakley at the start of the stakeholders …

The Three Pillars of Rural Broadband Access

Washington, DC — Connected Nation board members joined together to discuss the progress made and challenges ahead for rural broadband (high-speed internet) expansion across the country. Broadband (high-speed internet) can connect people and communities to resources to help improve their overall quality of life. RFD-TV sat down with Board Member, John Davies to talk about the three pillars of why …

Broadband Coverage Maps for Every Texas County Released, Your Feedback Needed to Improve Them   

Austin, TX (January 31, 2020) – Connected Nation Texas (CN Texas) just released its initial updated broadband (high-speed internet) coverage maps. These maps provide details on internet speeds and coverage for all 254 counties across the Lone Star State. “It’s been over five years since we last updated broadband coverage maps for Texas, so it was so important for us …

FCC Launches $20 Billion Rural Digital Opportunity Fund to Expand Rural Broadband Deployment

The following press release was issued by the Federal Communications Commission on January 30, 2020 Represents FCC’s Largest Investment Ever to Close Digital Divide WASHINGTON, January 30, 2020—The Federal Communications Commission today took its single biggest step to date to close the digital divide by establishing the new Rural Digital Opportunity Fund to efficiently fund the deployment of high-speed broadband …

How Connected Nation Gives Back Through Job Training and Placement

Washington, DC — Connected Nation board members recently got together in Washington, DC, to discuss broadband (high-speed internet) needs for rural areas and how it can impact remote employment. Board member Grant Seiffert sat down with RFD-TV to discuss how the non-profit is working to train individuals on digital job skills – in rural areas. Through the Digital Works program, proctors teach participants a …

USDA Invests $55.3 Million in Broadband for Rural Kentucky and Tennessee Communities

Published by United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) PRESS RELEASE: USDA Invests $55.3 Million in Broadband for Rural Kentucky and Tennessee Communities COLUMBIA, Ky., Jan. 29, 2020 – Today, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Deputy Under Secretary for Rural Development Donald “DJ” LaVoy announced USDA has invested $55.3 million in four, high-speed broadband infrastructure projects in rural Kentucky. These projects, part …

Ohio Representative to Hold Public Meeting on Rural Broadband Access

The following press release was issued by Rep. Scherer’s office on January 27, 2020  State Rep. Gary Scherer (R-Circleville) has announced that he will be hosting a public meeting on Tuesday, February 18, in collaboration with Connected Nation Ohio, to discuss updated broadband coverage maps for Ohio and to hear from constituents about current issues with broadband access. As a …