Still Buffering: A decade of work has gone into grant funding for broadband efforts in East Texas

Published by Tyler Morning Telegraph on April 21st, 2019 By Erin Mansfield This is part two of a five-part series about how a lack of connectivity affects East Texans. Part 1: East Texas lags the rest of the state in broadband Part 2: Rural libraries fill the broadband void Part 3: Some East Texans say broadband is too slow and too expensive Part …

USDA Opens Application Portal for New ReConnect Rural Broadband Infrastructure Program

The following press release comes from the USDA It was published on April 23rd, 2019  WASHINGTON, April 23, 2019 – Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is now accepting online applications for funding through the new ReConnect Rural Broadband Pilot Program. These funds will enable the federal government to partner with the private …

Blunt calls for Missouri PDMP bill, emphasizes importance of broadband

Published by The Neighbor on April 22nd, 2019 By Brain Hauswirth  (Jefferson City) — Missouri’s senior senator addressed the opioid epidemic, rural broadband, the growing economy and a large Poplar Bluff manufacturer during a Wednesday address to the Missouri House in Jefferson City. Senator Roy Blunt (R), who’s in his second Senate term, says the leading cause of accidental death …

Digital Works in Rural America

Bowling Green, KY. (April 22nd, 2019) – If you were born and raised in rural America, you know first-hand how few and far between employment opportunities are and why many living in these areas end up moving to bigger cities. Unfortunately, that has left a lot of small towns at an extreme disadvantage. To put it bluntly—they face extinction. Should …

Affordable, Reliable Broadband Key to Economic Development & Job Creation

Editor’s  Note: Connected Nation’s mission is to find innovative solutions that expand access, adoption, and use of broadband and its related technologies to ALL people. We agree with Senator Portman when he wrote in the below “as the internet continues to transform business in the 21st century, we must be sure that the rural communities in Ohio and across the country …

Broadband: Get Started Today

San Francisco, CA (April 18, 2019) – The National Planning Conference was held  April 13-19 in California. According to the American Planning Association, the annual event brings together planners from across the country to discuss the “hottest topics, the latest tools, and the leading voices with something new to say.” This year, Eric Frederick, Connected Nation’s Vice President of Community …

The Digital Divide Knows No Borders

Lexington, Ky. (April 17, 2019) – What do you picture when you think of New Zealand? Perhaps you see a lush and green countryside? Or, unspoiled coastlines? Or, maybe you imagine waterfalls in valleys? All are true, but among those picturesque images is something often unnoticed—rural communities left without access to the same opportunities and resources many of us take …