State and local leaders just got more than $350 billion in federal funding. This is how it can help veterans, military spouses

Published on: June 7, 2021

Fort Campbell and Louisville, Kentucky (June 7, 2021) – Our nation’s leaders have an unprecedented opportunity to help veterans and military spouses in their states, counties and cities, but only if they act now. The Coronavirus State and Local Recovery Funds recently allocated $350 billion across states, territories and tribal governments to be used for COVID-related economic recovery activities. Before …

From billions of dollars in new funding to mandatory minimum speeds, why NOW is an unprecedented time for broadband expansion in America

Published on: May 21, 2021

By Eric Frederick, Vice President, Community AffairsConnected Nation I recently looked up “how much is a billion?” It’s a difficult number to comprehend. The most common answer is that it’s a thousand million. Another answer is that a billion seconds is equivalent to 31 and a half years. It’s quite the sum. Now, try to imagine a billion times 365 …

POLICY BRIEF: FCC Adopts Final Rules for the Emergency Connectivity Fund

Published on: May 14, 2021

Washington, DC (May 14, 2021) – In response to the at-home connectivity inequities exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) unanimously adopted rules for the distribution of the Emergency Connectivity Fund (ECF) on May 10. In accordance with the rules, the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) will administrate the ECF Program separately from the E-rate program, yet …

Summit offers new insights about the future of telehealth, rural broadband in America

Published on: May 5, 2021

“This is the biggest opportunity to expand access to the internet since the internet was invented.” Virtual event (May 5, 2021) – Experts and industry insiders recently came together to discuss the ways the coronavirus pandemic is impacting the future of telehealth—and how it’s highlighted the need to expand and improve rural broadband. “Those companies that didn’t necessarily see themselves …

Building a bridge to broadband for K-12 students

Published on: April 13, 2021

“Closing the homework gap depends on good data. This program is the first step in that effort.” San Francisco, California (April 13, 2021) – Early in the pandemic, as teachers struggled to move all instruction online, school districts were scrambling to figure out just how many kids were not connected to broadband (high-speed internet) at home. That challenge led to …

Don’t get mad about bad internet access in your community, get even.

Published on: April 7, 2021

If you’re a leader in your community, you’ve probably heard it all when it comes to internet problems. “My internet is too slow.” “Why do I only have one choice of internet providers.” “I’m tired of going to the fast-food place to help my kids do homework.” “Can you play this cat video for me?” Okay, that last one was …

Policy Brief: The American Rescue Plan and its impact on broadband

Published on: March 24, 2021

On March 11, Congress passed the latest COVID-relief package, called the American Rescue Plan, to the tune of $1.9 trillion. In it, broadband is propped up as a major player, with schools, rural communities, and other entities positioned to see major upgrades to their connectivity and technology needs. Since the pandemic began a year ago, the increased need for connectivity …

It’s time for even more women to take on tech

Published on: March 22, 2021

Bowling Green, Kentucky (March 22, 2021) – A trend emerges every year when Connected Nation’s staff marks Women’s History Month—stories emerge of women who have had a huge impact on technology that we use in our everyday lives.  From the world’s first computer programmer, Ada Lovelace, to the current CEO at YouTube and one of Google’s first employees, Susan Wojcicki, women have …

POLICY BRIEF: The FCC Releases Report and Order for the Emergency Broadband Benefit Program 

Published on: March 4, 2021

Washington, DC (March 4, 2021) – Last week, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) unanimously voted to adopt a Report and Order that establishes and implements a $3.2 billion federal digital inclusion program that provides qualifying households discounts on their internet service bills and an opportunity to receive a discount on a computer or tablet. The temporary Emergency Broadband Benefit (EBB) …

The Future of Telehealth: how Covid-19 is changing the delivery of virtual care

Published on: March 3, 2021

House members hear expert testimony, discuss the use of telehealth in America Washington, DC (March 2, 2021) – Lawmakers today are tackling how best to leverage telehealth as part of America’s health care system post-pandemic. “This is a bipartisan issue,” said Rep. Anna Eshoo (D-CA). “Expanding telehealth has been a long-standing issue that we’ve needed to address.  I think it’s …