How Connected Nation Ohio is Working to Bring Better Broadband Access to the Buckeye State

Columbus, OH (September 18, 2019) – Over the past couple years, rural areas of Ohio have struggled to keep a good broadband connection. Connected Nation Ohio has been working to change that. On Tuesday Sept. 17, Chris McGovern, Connected Nation’s Director of Research Development, did an interview with the WOSU “All Sides” radio show with Ann Fisher. During this interview, …

A Parched Country: Study Shows Digital Deserts Exist

by Jessica Denson, Communications Director Connected Nation Louisville, Ky. (September 18, 2019) – Take a close look at the map (figure 1) to your right. Everything in gray is an area without a single internet service provider (ISP)—these are what we refer to as “Digital Deserts.” Each gray area is filled with families, businesses, libraries and schools, and whole communities …

REPORT: All-fiber deployments to 90% of U.S. households achievable by 2029

The following was published in FierceTelecom on September 16, 2019  by Mike Robuck The Fiber Broadband Association released a study that said all-fiber deployments were on pace to hit about 50% of U.S. households by 2025. Furthermore, the study, which was done with consulting firm Cartesian, found that 90% of the U.S. households could have all-fiber networks by 2029 by …

Legislating to Connect America: Improving the Nation’s Broadband Maps

“Extending the reach of rural broadband will help ensure that everyone can take part in a digital economy.” ~Rep. Bob Latta (R-OH) by Jessica Denson Director of Communications, Connected Nation Washington, D.C. (September 12, 2019) – What will it take to connect the 24 million Americans who still do not have access to high-speed internet (broadband)?  According to those who …

FCC Authorizes Nearly $112.2 Million in Funding for Rural Broadband

The following is a press release sent out by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) on September 12, 2019  Fifth Round of Funding from Connect America Fund Auction Starts This Month and Includes Nine States WASHINGTON, September 12, 2019—The Federal Communications Commission today authorized over $112.2 million in funding over the next decade to expand broadband to nearly 48,000 unserved rural …

Updated Data Shows Puerto Rico Businesses are Using Technology in New Ways After Hurricane Maria

San Juan, PR (September 12, 2019) – Monday, September 16 marks two years since Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico — claiming thousands of lives and destroying or damaging many of the U.S. territory’s homes and businesses. Since then, Puerto Rico business owners have been slowly rebuilding their businesses, and many are now opting to leverage the internet and its related …

FCC Chairman Proposes $950M to Improve, Expand, Harden Broadband Networks in Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands

by Jessica Denson, Director of Communications Connected Nation Washington, D.C. (September 5, 2019) – When Hurricane Dorian roared to life in the Atlantic and started making its way toward the Bahamas and Florida, it smashed records. The Category 5 storm is among the “most powerful tropical systems ever observed in the Atlantic Ocean.” According to a report in the Washington …

Take the Survey: Connected Nation Ohio Needs Your Input to Improve Your Internet

Survey Link: https://www.myconnectedcommunity.org/ Columbus, OH (September 4, 2019) – Connected Nation Ohio (CN Ohio) recently began a new phase in its mapping, technical assistance, and analysis work across the state. Part of that effort includes gathering data from residents and businesses about their access and use of broadband (high-speed internet). “Ohio leaders have taken important steps to connect more communities. They …

VIDEO: One Company’s Work to Connect Rural Ohio

‘Everybody needs broadband’ Bascom, OH. (September 3, 2019) – Bascom Communications’ General Manager understands how important high-speed internet (broadband) is to rural communities—that’s because he lives and works in one. “You know, everybody needs broadband. It can be used for anything,” said Nate Brickner, who lives in Bascom.  “You know from watching television to running your tractor. It’s definitely needed …