FCC Announces Funding Increase in Rural Health Care Program For Funding Year 2020

Published on: June 30, 2020

Up to $197.98 Million in Unused Funds from Prior Funding Years Will Be Available to Support Rural Health Care Providers The following press release was published by the FCC on June 30, 2020. WASHINGTON, June 30, 2020—The Federal Communications Commission’s Wireline Competition Bureau today directed the Universal Service Administrative Company, which administers the FCC’s Rural Health Care Program, to carry …

FCC Announces Funding Increase in Rural Health Care Program For Funding Year 2020

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Up to $197.98 Million in Unused Funds from Prior Funding Years Will Be Available to Support Rural Health Care Providers The following press release was published by the FCC on June 30, 2020. WASHINGTON, June 30, 2020—The Federal Communications Commission’s Wireline Competition Bureau today directed the Universal Service Administrative Company, which administers the FCC’s Rural Health Care Program, to carry …

USDA Highlights Accomplishments in Rural High-Speed Broadband Deployment Under American Broadband Initiative

Published on: June 25, 2020

The following was a press release issued by the USDA on June 25, 2020. Click here for the original release. June Progress Report Shows USDA Played Key Role in Connecting 430,000 Rural Americans, Improving Investment Data, and Cutting Red-Tape WASHINGTON, June 25, 2020 – Today, the U.S. Department of Agriculture joined its government partners to release a Progress Report (PDF, 337 KB) detailing …

Healthcare From Anywhere

Published on: June 17, 2020

The coronavirus pandemic took the need for telehealth from a “luxury” to a necessity. But, for many, there are challenges and untapped opportunities for accessing this important technology. Connected Nation Michigan (CN Michigan) released a comprehensive telehealth study just days before COVID-19 closures. As part of this work, Connected Nation is hosting a five-part webinar series examining the transformative impact …

Broad Thinking: Why the co-op model could be a key to closing the broadband gap

Published on: May 22, 2020

The following article was published by The Ohio State University on April 30, 2020. The impacts of the COVID-19 public health emergency are vast and varied. While we recognize and thank the many people who continue to do the essential jobs of feeding, moving, and caring for America in person, many Americans are now working, learning, and connecting online. Everyday …

7 Emerging Tips for Equitable Digital Engagement

Published on: May 14, 2020

The following article was published by The American Planning Association on May 13, 2020. This spring, work changed overnight as governments mandated stay-at-home orders and offices went virtual. For planners long dependent on public meetings and community engagement, this has presented its own set of challenges — especially when it comes to equity. With around 19 million Americans still lacking …

Why the Challenges of Telehealth Are Not Just About Access

Published on: May 12, 2020

by Jessica Denson, Communications DirectorConnected Nation Louisville, KY and Yukon, OK (May 12, 2020) – “I have a cell phone but not one of those fancy smart phones, and I don’t have a computer with a camera so how did they expect me to do a doctor’s appointment like that?” That’s my dad, Jim Denson, on the phone railing about …

Director at Michigan Public Service Commission Honored with National Broadband Visionary Award

Published on: April 28, 2020

Lansing, MI (April 28, 2020) – Connected Nation (CN) honored Robin Ancona, Director, Telecommunications Division, Michigan Public Service Commission (MPSC) today with the 2020 Broadband Visionary Award. This prestigious national award recognizes individuals who demonstrate exceptional and innovative leadership in the application of broadband and related technologies. “Robin has worked tirelessly to find innovative solutions for connecting more families and …

USDA Reviewing Applications From 41 States to Expand Rural Broadband in Second Round of ReConnect Pilot Program

Published on: April 23, 2020

The following was a stakeholder announcement issued by the USDA on April 22, 2020 WASHINGTON, April 22, 2020 – U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Deputy Under Secretary Bette Brand today announced that USDA has received 172 applications requesting $1.57 billion in the second round of the ReConnect Pilot Program. The applications seek funding to provide or upgrade rural broadband serviceacross 41 …

COVID-19 Response Plans for Connecting More Residents, Businesses at the State and Community Level

Published on: April 21, 2020

Bowling Green, Ky. (April 21, 2020) – Connected Nation (CN) is providing a new resource for state and community leaders that will help them identify immediate and simple solutions for connecting more residents and businesses during COVID-19 quarantines. “When local and state leaders began to implement shut down and ‘social distancing’ orders now nearly a month ago, we responded by …