Speak Your Piece: Digital Parity Will Help Rural Turn the Corner Economically

Published on: April 18, 2019

Published by Daily Yonder on April 18th, 2019  By Roberto Gallardo I would like to share a different perspective of what seems to be a growing narrative on a decaying rural America and giving up on it. Not long ago, Eduardo Porter argued this view on his December 14th 2018 piece while Paul Krugman’s did the same on his March …

Affordable, Reliable Broadband Key to Economic Development & Job Creation

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Editor’s  Note: Connected Nation’s mission is to find innovative solutions that expand access, adoption, and use of broadband and its related technologies to ALL people. We agree with Senator Portman when he wrote in the below “as the internet continues to transform business in the 21st century, we must be sure that the rural communities in Ohio and across the country …

FCC Chairman Sets $20B/10-Year Rural Broadband Funding Plan

Published on: April 16, 2019

The following was published by MeriTalk on April 15, 2019 The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) will be facilitating $20.4 billion of investments into high-speed broadband networks across rural America over the next 10 years, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai announced during a briefing with President Trump on April 12. To distribute those funds, the FCC will create the Rural Digital Opportunity Fund, which …

Coverage Questions Plague Rural Broadband Expansion

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Editor’s Note: Connected Nation believes that one of the reasons many areas remain unserved or underserved when it comes to access to broadband is because there is not accurate data. The current data does not truly reflect who has access and who does not. The following piece, written by Anthony Izaguirre, was published by the Southeast Missourian on April 16, …

Trump embraces 5G revolution by freeing up spectrum, removing regulations, boosting rural broadband

Published on: April 15, 2019

Published by TechWire on April 15th, 2019 By Robert Romano WASHINGTON, D.C. – President Donald Trump is committed to winning the race to 5G wireless technology that will transform the U.S. and global economies in ways that have only been dreamed of in the past. Smart cities, driverless cars and trucks, factories run by robots and so many other wonders, …

FCC to hold big 5G auction, spend $20B for rural internet

Published on: April 12, 2019

Published by AP News on April 12th, 2019 By Tali Arbel NEW YORK (AP) — The U.S. government will hold a massive auction to bolster 5G service , the next generation of mobile networks, and plans to spend $20 billion to expand broadband access in rural areas. 5G will mean faster wireless speeds and has implications for technologies like self-driving …

Senator Murray, Senate Democrats Introduce New Legislation to Tackle Nationwide Digital Equity Gap

Published on: April 11, 2019

The following press release comes from the office of Senator Patty Murray It was published on April 11, 2019  Led by Senator Murray, Senate Democrats introduced the Digital Equity Act of 2019 to help close the digital divide impacting communities across the nation  The Digital Equity Act builds on recent efforts to increase access to broadband by prioritizing “digital inclusion”—activities that seek to provide …

Little FCC Reforms Can Have Big Benefits for Rural Broadband

Published on: April 10, 2019

Published by Wireless Internet Service Providers Association on April 10th, 2019 By Claude Aiken  In rural America, many grain legs (bucket elevators for moving grain) have small wireless radios attached to them, providing the grain leg’s owner with broadband service. But a loophole in the current Federal Communications Commission rules means that the same service provider seeking to use the …

The Way to a Better, More Accurate Broadband Map

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Published by Charter Communications on April 9th, 2019 Broadband can provide life changing opportunities from applying for a job and earning a degree, to accessing healthcare or starting a business. Charter shares the goal of the Federal Communications Commission and Members of Congress of helping close the digital divide by directing resources to areas that need it most, those that …

Tennessee Telecommunications Association members discuss rural broadband with legislators during ‘Day on the Hill’

Published on: April 8, 2019

Published by WGNS Radio on April 8th, 2019  Rural broadband leaders from the Tennessee Telecommunications Association (TTA) met with members of the Tennessee Assembly in Nashville Tuesday to discuss the progress being made in advancing broadband connectivity in rural Tennessee. The annual Day on the Hill started with a breakfast during which TTA members answered questions from state officials and …