House passes broadband access bill sponsored by Brooks

Published by CNHI News Indiana on May 21, 2019 By Ken de la Bastide ANDERSON – With more Americans than ever relying on the internet, the U.S. House has passed legislation to increase access to broadband services. The bipartisan legislation, authored by Rep. Susan Brooks, R-5th District and Rep. Paul Tonko, D-N.Y., would help expand broadband access in underserved areas and create …

Why We Need to Rethink How We View Charity

Bowling Green, KY. (May 21, 2019) – Nonprofit organizations impact our world in ways you might not even think about. Nonprofits provide public and societal benefits such as health and human services, education and research, caring for the environment and animals, and providing access to arts, humanities, and religion. Nonprofits ultimately seek to improve lives, yet many are undervalued, operating on …

Rural Missouri Celebrates Successful Legislative Session

Bowling Green, KY. (May 20, 2019) – Last week the Missouri legislation had a successful session that was very important to the states agriculture. Many bills were passed that supported big changes in rural communities. Governor Mike Parson and other state leaders biggest victory for family farmers was the passage of SB 391. This new law (SB 391) prevents counties from implementing …

Cattaraugus County’s long push for high-speed Internet about to pay off

Published by Salamanca Press on May 20, 2019 By Rick Miller LITTLE VALLEY — The long push for expanded broadband Internet service in rural areas of Cattaraugus County should pay off over the next year or so. “It’s better than what I expected,” said Crystal Abers, director of the Cattaraugus County Department of Economic Development, Planning and Tourism. The entrance …

Connected Nation Chairman Named to FCC Broadband Deployment Advisory Committee

Bowling Green, Ky. (May  20, 2019) – Tom Ferree, Chairman & CEO, Connected Nation, was named to the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) re-chartered Broadband Deployment Advisory Committee (BDAC). The committee’s mission will be to make recommendations on how to accelerate the deployment of high-speed internet access. “I’m honored to be named among the distinguished professionals who are taking part in …

Texas Legislature Poised For Biggest Broadband Push In State History But Still Catching Up

Published by Texas Public Radio on May 17, 2019 By Paul Flahive 1.8 million Texans lack broadband Internet access, and most of them live in rural Texas. Studies from the U.S. chamber and others have shown the massive impact connecting Texas could have. This is part one of a multi-part series focusing on Connecting Rural Texas. Unlike cities, rural areas rarely …

CAPITO, SCHATZ, MORAN, TESTER INTRODUCE BILL TO IMPROVE ACCURACY OF BROADBAND COVERAGE MAPS

The following press release was issued on Sen. Shelley Capito’s website on May 16, 2019  Bipartisan legislation would lead to more granular mapping, help close digital divide in rural America WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.), Brian Schatz (D- Hawai‘i), Jerry Moran (R-Kan.), and Jon Tester (D-Mont.)—all members of the Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee—today introduced the Broadband Data …

The Last Mile Solution

How two ranchers became the top internet providers of their small town by Jessica Denson Director of Communications, Connected Nation Johnson City, TX (May 16, 2019) – Ginger and David McCullough are doing something they never expected—providing broadband services to their community. “We were living in the Texas panhandle and running a cattle ranch,” said Ginger McCullough. “It was around-the-clock …

FCC grants Hawaii counties $18.1M to expand rural broadband services

Published by Hawaii News on May 15, 2019 By Star-advertiser Staff The Federal Communications Commission on Tuesday authorized more than $18.1 million in funding to expand broadband services to over 3,900 unserved rural homes and businesses in Hawaii’s four counties over the next decade. The funding, which provider Hawaiian Telcom Inc. will begin receiving this month, comes from the Connect …