Preparing Rural Communities for the Future

Published on: June 17, 2019

Bowling Green, KY. (June 17, 2019) – If you’ve spent any time around a Connected Nation (CN) employee, you’ve most likely heard us talk about access, adoption, and use (AAU). We use these terms to describe the various elements of broadband and technology in communities. Access is as simple as whether or not you have access to broadband and technology; adoption …

An Increased Federal Focus on Ubiquitous Broadband

Published on: June 14, 2019

Washington, D.C. (June 14, 2019) –  This quarter has seen a flurry of broadband legislation and programs aimed at increasing high-speed internet access and adoption across the country. Our policy team tracks these developments closely as we work to get broadband deployed in even the most unserved of communities. Below are just a few of the items we are following: …

Eleven Years and Counting: The UN Goal to Connect Every Adult in the World by 2030

Published on: June 13, 2019

Yep…We Said “World” by Jessica Denson Director of Communications, Connected Nation (June 13, 2019) – The straightforward title of a new United Nations report, The Age of Digital Interdependence Report, perhaps says it all: People no longer just want access to a digital world, they need it. That is especially true for vulnerable populations that could benefit in immediate and …

Accelerating the Deployment of High-Speed Internet Access

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FCC Broadband Deployment Advisory Committee Meeting Held Washington, D.C. (June 13, 2019) – The Federal Communications Commission is taking steps to accelerate the deployment of broadband to more communities. Today, the re-chartered Broadband Deployment Advisory Committee (BDAC) is meeting in Washington, D.C. Members of the committee include representatives from providers, nonprofits, and government associations. Connected Nation Chairman & CEO, Tom Ferree, …

CAPITO, KLOBUCHAR LEGISLATION TO IMPROVE BROADBAND CONNECTIVITY PASSES SENATE

Published on: June 11, 2019

The following press release was issued on Sen. Shelley Moore Capito’s website on June 6, 2019  Update: As of June 10, 2019, the bill was referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.  Click here to the follow the latest on this bill. Bipartisan bill would call for a study of the effects of broadband deployment, adoption on the U.S. …

The UN wants to connect every adult in the world by 2030

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The following was published in c|net on June 10, 2019  by Dhara Singh  Half the world still doesn’t have access to the internet, says UN Secretary-General António Guterres. At a time when countries are feuding over tariffs and trade agreements, Melinda Gates and Alibaba CEO Jack Ma feel optimistic that international cooperation will bridge the digital divide. The hope is that global collaboration …

FCC Authorizes Second Wave of Funding for Rural Broadband From Connect America Fund Auction

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The following press release was issued on the Federal Communications Commission’s website on June 10, 2019  Media Contact: Chelsea Fallon, (202) 418-7991 chelsea.fallon@fcc.gov For Immediate Release FCC AUTHORIZES SECOND WAVE OF FUNDING FOR RURAL BROADBAND FROM CONNECT AMERICA FUND AUCTION Another Round of Funding Starts This Month for Broadband Buildout in Rural Communities in 22 States — WASHINGTON, June 10, …

Connected Nation and Second Lady’s Staff Discuss Military Families

Published on: June 6, 2019

Washington, D.C. (June 6, 2019) – Connected Nation visited the offices of the Second Lady of the United States, Karen Pence, today to discuss the needs of military families. Retired Col. Blaine Hedges joined CN’s Chairman & CEO, Tom Ferree, and Vice President of Government Affairs, Brent Legg, for the visit. The trio met with Mrs. Pence’s staff members to …

One Rancher on Why Broadband Matters to Rural America

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‘It’s important to tell our own story’ by Jessica Denson Director of Communications, Connected Nation Grant County, Neb., (June 6, 2019) – Honest Beef is a family-owned beef business located in the Sandhills of Nebraska. Talk with owner Hannah Raudsepp for even a few minutes and it quickly becomes clear her family is not just trying to sell you beef—they’re …

AmeriCorps Digital Inclusion Computer Classes Offered at Libraries

Published on: June 3, 2019

Bowling Green, KY. (June 3, 2019) – For the months of June and July the AmeriCorps Digital Inclusion Initiative will host classes on computers and technology at the Southwest Harbor Public library and the Bass Harbor Memorial Library. The classes are for anyone who wants to learn basic computer skills, how to use different software programs as well as how to keep …