Having the Digital Revolution for Breakfast

Dargaville, New Zealand (March 26, 2019) – The town of Dargaville sits along the west coast on the northern island of New Zealand. It’s home to just a little more than 4,000 people and it’s known for farming kumara. It’s what Americans refer to as “sweet potatoes.” According to NewZealand.com, Dargaville has, in recent years, grown as a tourist destination.  …

Greetings from New Zealand: Connected Nation Takes Its Mission International

Whangarei, New Zealand (March 25, 2019) – Connected Nation is taking part in a week-long exchange program dubbed “Getting Connected New Zealand Outbound.”  The program, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State Office of Citizen Exchanges, was organized by World Learning. World Learning works to equip individuals and institutions to address the world’s most pressing problems through “experiential learning, leadership development, inclusive …

Ivey to headline Alabama Summit on Rural Technology

Published by The West Alabama Watchman on March 25, 2019 LIVINGSTON, Ala.—The University of West Alabama has joined with AT&T to announce the second annual Alabama Summit on Rural Technology, set for April 12 on the UWA campus in Livingston, with Governor Kay Ivey delivering the keynote address. The event features a broad slate of experts who bring unique perspectives to …

Bill to use coops to expand broadband

Published by The DailyAdvance.com By Jon Hawley  Area lawmakers are backing new legislation that would help electric cooperatives offer broadband internet. Rep. Howard Hunter III, D-Hertford, is a primary sponsor of House Bill 387, which was introduced Tuesday and would remove restrictions on electric membership corporations supporting or providing broadband internet. Other primary sponsors include Republican House Reps. Dean Arp, John …

Celebrating the Women of Connected Nation: Heather Gate

Editor’s note: In honor of Women’s History Month, we are profiling the women at Connected Nation. From leadership roles to internship positions, these women are using their skills and experiences at every level of the organization to fulfill our mission to expand broadband access, adoption, and use to all people. Louisville, Ky. (March xx, 2019) – Heather Gate is a …

Legislative push to boost broadband funding underway

Published by The Timberjay on March 21, 2019 By Marcus White REGIONAL—Minnesota’s Commissioner of the Department of Employment and Economic Development, or DEED, urged lawmakers this week to reinstate the Border-to-Border grant program for rural broadband. At a press conference on Wednesday, Commissioner Steve Grove said legislation currently in the works would put $70 million into the program with $35 …

Aging Americans Need Access Too

Bowling Green, Ky. (March 21, 2019) – National organizations as well as state and federal lawmakers agree – older Americans must have access to broadband and its related technologies. In a recent news release, AARP Georgia emphasized the importance of providing broadband services to senior citizens across the United States. To help do this, they are supporting House Bill 135 …

Connected Nation Applauds FCC’s TV White Spaces Vote

Bowling Green, Ky. (March 21, 2019) – The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) took steps yesterday regarding how the TV white spaces technology market will be regulated.  The agency voted to adopt new rules that will guide how unlicensed spectrum can be leveraged to help American families and communities. “We commend Chairman Pai and the FCC for taking action to provide …

Digital Divide Continues to Be Hot Topic across Missouri

The following was published by GrowingAmerica on March 20, 2019 It was contributed by the Missouri Department of Agriculture  National and state leaders came together for three events this month centered around one of the biggest issues facing rural Missourians – broadband access. Governor Parson joined with the Missouri Department of Economic Development on Friday, March 1 for a conference on …