Serving the Last Mile: Officials in Two Ohio Counties Looking for Broadband Vendors

Vinton and Meigs Counties, OH (December 20, 2019) – Local leaders in two Ohio counties are building on work begun nearly three years ago to connect underserved and poorly served families, businesses, and communities. They are now looking for vendors to construct telecommunications towers across the region. Vinton and Meigs Counties sit in the southeast region of the Buckeye State—a …

Connected Nation Ohio Releases Updated Broadband Availability Maps, Asks for Consumer Input

Columbus, OH (December 19, 2019) – Connected Nation Ohio (CN Ohio) today published updated broadband (high-speed internet) coverage maps and preliminary availability statistics for the Buckeye State. You can see and review these updated maps by heading to www.connectednation.org/ohio/mapping-analysis/. “Having accurate broadband coverage maps is critically important as Ohio’s leaders implement a statewide broadband strategy through InnovateOhio. They need better …

InnovateOhio Issues Statewide Broadband Strategy

The following is a press release issued by InnovateOhio on December 19, 2019. Learn more about InnovateOhio  at this website. Media contact: Caroyn Cypret, 614-995-1815, Carolyn.Cypret@governor.ohio.gov Plan supports applications for federal ReConnect funding by awarding additional points More accurate coverage maps also rolled out in partnership with Connected Nation (COLUMBUS, Ohio)—InnovateOhio, under the direction of Lt. Governor Jon Husted, today released the …

FCC Authorizes Nearly $89.2 Million In Funding For Rural Broadband

The following is press release issued by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) on December 16, 2019 Eighth Round of Funding from Connect America Fund Auction  Starts This Month and Includes 21 States WASHINGTON, December 16, 2019—The Federal Communications Commission today authorized nearly $89.2 million in funding over the next decade to expand broadband to more than 123,000 unserved rural homes and …

Two Bipartisan Broadband Bills Pass House

The following is a press release issued on Congressman Jack Bergman’s website on December 16, 2019 EDITOR’S NOTE: Connected Nation (CN) believes  the current broadband maps do not accurately reflect where this is and is not coverage because the data is collected at a measurement level that’s too large. Currently, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) requires providers to report their …

48 Senators Join Together to Urge FCC to Prioritize Sustainable Rural Broadband

Washington, DC (December 10, 2019) – A bipartisan group of 48 U.S. Senators sent a letter yesterday to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) asking the agency to prioritize sustainable rural broadband (high-speed internet) networks. The letter, addressed to Chairman Ajit Pai, addresses the FCC’s consideration of new rules in the Rural Digital Opportunity Fund (RDOF) proceeding. The senators voiced concern …

How the USDA is Improving Rural Broadband Development Through Its ReConnect Program

Bowling Green, KY. (December 5, 2019) – Over the past couple months, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has invested in rural broadband development across the United States through its ReConnect Loan and Grant Program. According to the USDA, this program offers “unique federal financing options in the form of grants, loans, and combinations thereof to create or improve rural …

FCC Chairman Announces Plan to Launch $9 Billion 5G Fund for Rural America

The following is a press release issued by the FCC on December 4, 2019 5G Fund Would Replace Mobility Fund Phase II and Focus on Bringing the Most Advanced Wireless Services to Rural Areas WASHINGTON, December 4, 2019—Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai announced today that he intends to establish the 5G Fund, which would make up to $9 billion in …

The Importance of Tracking Technology in Our Schools

by Jessica Denson, Communications Director Salt Lake City, UT (December 3, 2019) – For the last two months, Utah school administrators, technology directors, teachers, and other key staff members have been taking part in an effort to inventory technology in both charter and public schools across the state. It may sound like a routine part of what school districts must …