Connected Nation Ohio Broadband Forum Recap

Published on: July 24, 2019

Kent, OH. (July 23, 2019) – Being able to access the internet is no longer a luxury but a necessity. That’s why Connected Nation Ohio spent much of last week traveling across the state of Ohio hosting Regional Broadband Forums in the cities of Kent, Findlay, and Troy, Ohio. Connected Nation Community Technology Advisor Dan Manning facilitated each session and provided …

FCC Releases Report & Order on Broadband Data Collection 

Published on: July 19, 2019

Washington, D.C. (July 18, 2019) –  On July 11, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) circulated a highly anticipated Report and Order and Second Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on the topic of broadband data collection and mapping, which will be considered for adoption at the FCC’s August 1st Open Meeting. The Report and Order (Order) establishes the “Digital Opportunity Data …

POLICY BRIEF: FCC Proposes Cap to Universal Service Fund, Extends Comment Deadline 

Published on: July 10, 2019

Washington, D.C. (July 10, 2019) –  In May, the FCC released a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) to seek comment on establishing a cap on the Universal Service Fund (USF) and, most recently, extended the deadline for comments on the proposal. This NPRM could impact the E-Rate and Rural Health Care funds and has raised some questions. There is some disagreement among …

Getting Up-to-speed on Broadband Legislation

Published on: July 8, 2019

This quarter has seen a flurry of broadband legislation and programs aimed at increasing high-speed internet access and adoption across the country. Connected Nation’s (CN) policy team tracks these developments closely as the nonprofit works to get broadband deployed in even the most unserved of communities. Tom Ferree, CN’s Chairman & CEO, recently talked with RFD-TV about the work lawmakers …

VIDEO: Nebraska Rancher on Why Broadband Matters to Rural America

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Honest Beef is a family-owned beef business located in the Sandhills of Nebraska. RFD-TV recently talked with owner Hannah Raudsepp about broadband’s (high-speed internet) impact on farmers and ranchers across the country. The station is focused on issues that impact the “rural and Western lifestyle” with a mission of connecting “city with country.” “Having [internet] access is so important for …

Broadband Trends and Impacts in Ohio

Published on: June 20, 2019

Columbus, OH. (July 2017) – Connect Ohio, a subsidiary of Connected Nation, just released its latest findings on broadband trends and their impact on the Buckeye State. The study finds that while more Ohioans have computers, many adults still lack the digital skills needed to be competitive. “Developing the digital workforce skills that employers require can be essential to finding …

From One Parent to Another: The Challenge of Protecting Kids While Online

Published on: June 19, 2019

Bowling Green, KY. (June 19, 2019) – It is often said that parenting is the toughest job. Every child has different tendencies, interests, temperaments, and personality characteristics. So, there is no set parenting playbook that will ensure kids make good decisions when we are watching—much less when we aren’t. Challenges evolve over time as there are changes in trends and …

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 …