The Rural Digital Opportunity Fund: What’s up with the wait for Phase II?

Published on: September 24, 2021

Lansing, Michigan (September 24, 2021) – The Rural Digital Opportunity Fund (RDOF) provides a unique opportunity to expand access to fixed broadband and voice service to millions of unserved homes and small businesses in rural America. There’s one problem—a hold up when it comes to Phase II of the $20.4 billion program. “This comes up a lot when we’re talking …

It’s time for a full-color approach to solving the nation’s broadband problem

Published on: August 11, 2021

As the pandemic recedes, we’ve learned that universal access to the online world, through broadband service, is essential for participation in modern American life. The urgency to create full broadband coverage echoes past programs to develop nationwide networks for electricity, telephone, and interstate highways. Each of those ushered in major changes and improvements in communities across the country. Broadband is …

AT&T and Connected Nation deliver on commitment to provide 35,000 hotspots and free internet service to help vulnerable students

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Bowling Green, Ky. (August 11, 2021) – Leading nonprofit Connected Nation has completed the deployment of 35,000 hotspots. Made possible by a contribution from AT&T – these hotspots, equipped with more than a year of free internet service – will help some of the most vulnerable students across the country. “AT&T made a $10 million commitment in 2020 to help …

The Digital Equity Act is bipartisan, actionable, and can help close the Digital Divide for the most vulnerable Americans

Published on: June 15, 2021

Bowling Green, Ky. (June 15, 2021) – Connected Nation applauds the hard work of Senators Patty Murray (D-WA), Rob Portman (R-OH), and Angus King (I-ME) to bring forth the Digital Equity Act which is squarely focused on expanding digital inclusion across the US. “Connected Nation is endorsing this Act because it seeks to help our nation’s most vulnerable populations finally …

Connected Nation honored for online resource hub in response to the coronavirus crisis

Published on: June 8, 2021

Bowling Green, Ky. (June 8, 2021) – Connected Nation (CN) is being honored by PR News for its Digital Newsroom “Responding to the Coronavirus Crisis.” This online newsroom provided immediate and critical resources for individuals and families as well as local and state leaders in response to the need for better internet access during the pandemic. “Connected Nation has worked …

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 …

Connected Nation applauds Emergency Broadband Benefit Program as it officially opens to US families, individuals

Published on: May 12, 2021

The FCC-administered program provides discounts on internet service and related equipment to eligible households Bowling Green, Ky. (May 12, 2021) – Today, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) officially opened enrollment for the Emergency Broadband Benefit Program (EBB Program) to qualifying applicants. “Millions of Americans are still struggling with everything from remote work to distance learning to telehealth simply because they …

Statement from Connected Nation Chairman & CEO Thomas W. Ferree on President Biden’s Address to Congress

Published on: April 29, 2021

Washington, DC. (April 29, 2021) – Thomas W. Ferree, Chairman & CEO of Connected Nation, released the following statement regarding President Joe Biden’s address to a joint session of Congress last night: “We were heartened to hear President Biden reiterate his commitment to seeking $100 billion in his infrastructure plan to ensure that every American has access to robust broadband, …

How America’s school districts can improve their internet connectivity for digital learning in every classroom, every day

Published on: April 21, 2021

47% of school districts nationwide, representing 15.4 million students, are meeting the FCC’s recommended bandwidth per student Washington, DC (April 21, 2021) – Less than half of America’s school districts are meeting the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) recommended bandwidth of 1 Mpbs per student. Just 47% of school districts are meeting that goal according to data published through Connected Nation’s …