Overcome being overwhelmed: building a path to connectivity in all communities

Published on: December 10, 2020

We know it’s tough right now.   Kids are struggling with internet access for remote learning, adults are having difficulty connecting for telework or telehealth appointments, and businesses need broadband immediately to survive.  It is tough—really tough. But, especially so, for local community leaders who must wear multiple hats and try to solve the connectivity problem for everyone. “Most of …

How Digital Works is helping military spouses and their families

Published on: December 7, 2020

Fort Campbell, KY (December 7, 2020) – Digital Works launched its one-of-a-kind job creation program in 2020 in the Fort Campbell area. Recent graduate Carrie Bluett shares why she believes this program is important for military spouses and their families. Watch her video below. To learn more head to digitalworksjobs.org.

VIDEO: Connect K-12 Launches to Help State, District Leaders Improve School Connectivity

Published on: November 24, 2020

Washington, D.C. (November 24, 2020) – Connected Nation recently launched the free resource for school district and state leaders—Connect K-12.  RFD-TV, a broadband group that focuses on rural affairs issues across the country, asked CN to share how the new website can help school districts in rural areas improve their internet connectivity. “We hope to build on the momentum and …

Policy Brief: FCC Tackles 5G Funding & TV White Spaces

Published on: November 13, 2020

Just before the final votes were cast in the 2020 election, the FCC held its Open Meeting on October 27 with a full agenda, tackling some of Chairman Ajit Pai’s priority items. Two such items will mean significant upgrades to connectivity in rural America as commissioners on both sides of the political aisle are committed to expanding funding and opportunities …

Lack of broadband access is leaving many Ohioans behind

Published on: November 9, 2020

The following was published in the Chillicothe Gazette on November 8, 2020 In my time as the President/CEO of the Chillicothe Ross Chamber of Commerce, I have seen how important it is for employers to be able to hire the skilled workers they need to help their organizations and our community grow. As a member of ReadyNation, I am part …

VIDEO: Addressing the Need for Internet Access in Rural America

Published on: November 4, 2020

Washington, DC (November 4, 2020) – Connected Nation (CN) was recently invited by RFD-TV to address the issue of access to internet in rural areas after one viewer sent in the following comment: “My concern is the internet in rural areas. Children facing this COVID-19 crisis, families working from home…internet in the rural area really, really needs to be addressed. …

Policy Brief: FCC Announces Special E-rate Filing Window for School District Bandwidth Upgrades 

Published on: September 25, 2020

On September 16, acknowledging the disruptions caused by COVID-19 and the new reliance on remote learning by school districts, the FCC directed the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) to open a second E-rate filing window for Funding Year 2020 (FY2020). The window opened Monday, September 21 and will close on Friday, October 16 at 11:59 p.m. EDT. This new window …

New Census Data Shows Broadband Adoption Rates Inching Up, Mobile Connectivity Growing in Importance

Published on: September 24, 2020

Bowling Green, Ky (September 24, 2020) – New data from the United States Census Bureau reveal higher broadband adoption rates in 2019 than in the prior year — an ongoing trend in the United States. And just last week, the Census Bureau released the first round of its data from the American Community Survey (ACS), which includes broadband adoption data. …

What a Texas School District Can Teach the Nation About Connecting and Educating a Generation of Kids

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“Internet access is no longer a luxury. It’s something that every kid should be provided with.”       By Jessica Denson, Communications DirectorConnected Nation Lockhart, TX (September 24, 2020) – Mark Estrada, superintendent of Lockhart Independent School District, says the first day of in-person classes went pretty well considering the COVID-19 pandemic — with about 45 percent of students inside the …