The UN wants to connect every adult in the world by 2030

The following was published in c|net on June 10, 2019  by Dhara Singh  Half the world still doesn’t have access to the internet, says UN Secretary-General António Guterres. At a time when countries are feuding over tariffs and trade agreements, Melinda Gates and Alibaba CEO Jack Ma feel optimistic that international cooperation will bridge the digital divide. The hope is that global collaboration …

FCC Authorizes Second Wave of Funding for Rural Broadband From Connect America Fund Auction

The following press release was issued on the Federal Communications Commission’s website on June 10, 2019  Media Contact: Chelsea Fallon, (202) 418-7991 chelsea.fallon@fcc.gov For Immediate Release FCC AUTHORIZES SECOND WAVE OF FUNDING FOR RURAL BROADBAND FROM CONNECT AMERICA FUND AUCTION Another Round of Funding Starts This Month for Broadband Buildout in Rural Communities in 22 States — WASHINGTON, June 10, …

Another Congressman Signs Onto Bill to Improve Broadband Mapping in Rural Communities

The following press release was published on Tom O’Halleran’s website on June 6, 2019 WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Tom O’Halleran (D-AZ) joined Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) to introduce the Broadband Data Improvement Act of 2019 alongside Reps. G.K. Butterfield (D-NC), Ann Kuster (D-NH), David McKinley (R-WV), and Rob Wittman (R-VA). This bipartisan legislation would improve the broadband mapping process nationwide to …

Connected Nation and Second Lady’s Staff Discuss Military Families

Washington, D.C. (June 6, 2019) – Connected Nation visited the offices of the Second Lady of the United States, Karen Pence, today to discuss the needs of military families. Retired Col. Blaine Hedges joined CN’s Chairman & CEO, Tom Ferree, and Vice President of Government Affairs, Brent Legg, for the visit. The trio met with Mrs. Pence’s staff members to …

One Rancher on Why Broadband Matters to Rural America

‘It’s important to tell our own story’ by Jessica Denson Director of Communications, Connected Nation Grant County, Neb., (June 6, 2019) – Honest Beef is a family-owned beef business located in the Sandhills of Nebraska. Talk with owner Hannah Raudsepp for even a few minutes and it quickly becomes clear her family is not just trying to sell you beef—they’re …

Washington High School students pose broadband questions to Sen. Manchin

Published by The Journal on June 5th, 2019 By Michael Neary  CHARLES TOWN — As student Tyler Henry thought about the importance of broadband access, he pointed out the particular difficulty for people in rural areas. “Everything often gets focused on the cities,” Henry said, “because the cities have the most people.” Henry is a current junior, or rising senior, …

Update: 2017 Broadband Access in Indiana

Published by Center for Regional Development on June 4, 2019 By Roberto Gallardo  The Federal Communications Commission recently released their latest broadband deployment report using data from December 2017. Internet providers are required to file a report using form 477 twice per year on broadband access. While this dataset is known to have issues, including being carrier self-reported, not granular …

2021 Will Bring Broadband to Rural Counties In Delaware

Published by Inside Towers on June 4, 2019 On May 30, officials from the state of Delaware signed a deal with Bloosurf to expand rural broadband to 127,000 rural homes and businesses, reported Government Technology. According to Delaware Chief Information Officer James Collins, “The [Governor’s] Administration has made it a priority to bridge both the accessibility and affordability gaps of …