FCC Chairman Discusses Rural Digital Opportunity Fund with Rural Business Owners, Community Advocates, Internet Service Providers

Published on: January 23, 2020

“This is the biggest step the FCC has ever taken to close the Digital Divide” by Jessica Denson, Communications Director Marietta, OH (January 23, 2020) – The Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), Ajit Pai, met yesterday with community advocates, business owners, educational leaders, internet service providers, and other local stakeholders in Ohio to discuss the importance of closing …

Preliminary Ohio Broadband Maps Released – Help Improve Them!

Published on: January 15, 2020

Louisville, KY. (January 15, 2020) – In mid-December, Connected Nation Ohio (CN Ohio) published preliminary broadband availability maps as part of a project to identify areas served and unserved by high-speed internet access. They are the first state-level broadband maps developed since 2017. While federal broadband datasets exist, they are heavily flawed, and there is evidence of both overstatement and understatement of broadband …

Mission Critical: Connected Nation Partners with EducationSuperHighway to Connect Every Classroom, Every Day

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The national nonprofit will spearhead efforts to help K-12 school districts across the country meet the next FCC school broadband goal Bowling Green, Ky. (January 15, 2020) – Connected Nation (CN) has been selected by EducationSuperHighway to carry forward its mission to ensure state and school district  leaders have the information they need to improve school broadband (high-speed internet) connectivity. …

Better Broadband Maps: The First Step to Bridging the Digital Divide

Published on: January 8, 2020

Washington, DC – Connected Nation’s Board of Directors recently came together in Washington, D.C. to discuss progress made and what still needs to be done to connect more communities to broadband (high-speed internet). The technology provides access to resources and opportunities that include better healthcare, educational opportunities, job training and placement, government services, and so much more. RFD-TV, a broadcast group …

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

Published on: December 20, 2019

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 …

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

Published on: December 10, 2019

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

Published on: December 5, 2019

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 …

The Importance of Tracking Technology in Our Schools

Published on: December 3, 2019

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 …

Digital Skills Boot Camp Aims to Improve Digital Literacy in Ohio

Published on: November 21, 2019

The Plains, OH (November 21, 2019) – Digital Works, a program of Connected Nation, took its technology and client-service training program to Athens County, Ohio, a few weeks ago to host a free digital skills boot camp to improve basic digital literacy among its participants. The training was held at the OhioMeansJobs (Athens County) facility and was made possible thanks …

New Report: Expanding Broadband, Digital Skills Critical to America’s Future

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by Jessica Denson, Communications Director Connected Nation Louisville, Ky. (November 21, 2019) – The Benton Institute for Broadband & Society recently released a report that calls broadband (high-speed internet) “the most transformative technology of our generation.” It can grow the American economy, empower workers, and strengthen communities. “For many Americans, lack of broadband access means having less opportunity than their …