Affordable, Reliable Broadband Key to Economic Development & Job Creation

Published on: April 18, 2019

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

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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

Published on: April 17, 2019

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 …

Digital Works Graduate Celebrates One Year Milestone

Published on: April 16, 2019

Bowling Green, KY. (April 16th, 2019) – Crystal Amesquita has come a long way since April of 2018. She just marked one year at her job – the longest she’s ever had a full-time position. “With this opportunity I have become the supportive mother I have always wanted to be,” said Amesquita. Last year Crystal was introduced to Connected Nation’s …

FCC Chairman Sets $20B/10-Year Rural Broadband Funding Plan

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The following was published by MeriTalk on April 15, 2019 The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) will be facilitating $20.4 billion of investments into high-speed broadband networks across rural America over the next 10 years, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai announced during a briefing with President Trump on April 12. To distribute those funds, the FCC will create the Rural Digital Opportunity Fund, which …

Coverage Questions Plague Rural Broadband Expansion

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Editor’s Note: Connected Nation believes that one of the reasons many areas remain unserved or underserved when it comes to access to broadband is because there is not accurate data. The current data does not truly reflect who has access and who does not. The following piece, written by Anthony Izaguirre, was published by the Southeast Missourian on April 16, …

Advancing Rural Broadband – The Five Steps to Success

Published on: April 11, 2019

Bowling Green, KY (April 11th, 2019) – Access to broadband in rural areas may be challenge for some, but Carol Mattey, Former Deputy Bureau Chief of the FCC’s Wire Line Competition, is on a mission to change that. In a recent article by the Benton Foundation, Mattey appeared before the Subcommittee on Communications, Technology, Innovation and the Internet of the …

Senator Murray, Senate Democrats Introduce New Legislation to Tackle Nationwide Digital Equity Gap

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The following press release comes from the office of Senator Patty Murray It was published on April 11, 2019  Led by Senator Murray, Senate Democrats introduced the Digital Equity Act of 2019 to help close the digital divide impacting communities across the nation  The Digital Equity Act builds on recent efforts to increase access to broadband by prioritizing “digital inclusion”—activities that seek to provide …

Broadband Helps Make Tabletop Gaming More Inclusive

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April 11, 2019 – At one time, the game “Dungeons & Dragons” was banished to the realm of basement game rooms, nerd jokes, and adolescent boys sitting around kitchen tables. Now, though, the game’s popularity is booming. It’s been featured in top-rated television shows and movies, and the universe of gamers has expanded to include action movie stars, authors, and professional …

Where Eagles Dare To Fly

Published on: April 8, 2019

Bowling Green, KY. (April 5th, 2019) – Drones are changing the way we approach old problems—from doing business to recovering from natural disasters. But, they’ve been a long time coming. As a way to create safer, cheaper alternatives to manned military aircraft, pilotless projectiles (such as aerial torpedoes) and radio-controlled aircraft were in use as far back as World War I.  …