48 Senators Join Together to Urge FCC to Prioritize Sustainable Rural Broadband

Published on: December 10, 2019

Washington, DC (December 10, 2019) – A bipartisan group of 48 U.S. Senators sent a letter yesterday to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) asking the agency to prioritize sustainable rural broadband (high-speed internet) networks. The letter, addressed to Chairman Ajit Pai, addresses the FCC’s consideration of new rules in the Rural Digital Opportunity Fund (RDOF) proceeding. The senators voiced concern …

How the USDA is Improving Rural Broadband Development Through Its ReConnect Program

Published on: December 5, 2019

Bowling Green, KY. (December 5, 2019) – Over the past couple months, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has invested in rural broadband development across the United States through its ReConnect Loan and Grant Program. According to the USDA, this program offers “unique federal financing options in the form of grants, loans, and combinations thereof to create or improve rural …

FCC Chairman Announces Plan to Launch $9 Billion 5G Fund for Rural America

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The following is a press release issued by the FCC on December 4, 2019 5G Fund Would Replace Mobility Fund Phase II and Focus on Bringing the Most Advanced Wireless Services to Rural Areas WASHINGTON, December 4, 2019—Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai announced today that he intends to establish the 5G Fund, which would make up to $9 billion in …

The Importance of Tracking Technology in Our Schools

Published on: December 3, 2019

by Jessica Denson, Communications Director Salt Lake City, UT (December 3, 2019) – For the last two months, Utah school administrators, technology directors, teachers, and other key staff members have been taking part in an effort to inventory technology in both charter and public schools across the state. It may sound like a routine part of what school districts must …

USDA Invests in the Expansion of Rural Education and Health Care Access

Published on: November 20, 2019

The following is a press release issued by USDA on November 20  Distance Learning and Telemedicine Investments will benefit 5.4 Million Rural Residents in 37 States, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands WASHINGTON, Nov. 20, 2019 – U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Deputy Under Secretary for Rural Development Donald “DJ” LaVoy today announced that USDA is investing $42.5 million …

Don’t Let Your Community Be Left Out: Surveys on Broadband Access in Ohio Close This Week

Published on: November 18, 2019

Columbus, OH (November 18, 2019) – There are only a couple of days left to provide input about your community’s high-speed internet (broadband) access. Connected Nation Ohio (CN Ohio) is using online surveys to gather input from communities about their broadband access. The information gathered will be used to better identify ways to improve access for all Ohioans. Make sure …

Ohio Company Gets $2.5M for Fiber Infrastructure

Published on: November 15, 2019

The following was published in the Herald-Dispatch on November 14, 2019  RIO GRANDE, Ohio — Buckeye Rural Electric Cooperative has received a $2.5 million grant from the Appalachian Regional Commission Partnerships for Opportunity and Workforce and Economic Revitalization (POWER) Initiative for the installation of 168 miles of fiber project that will connect the co-op’s substations in six counties of the …

Deadline Approaching: Input Needed on Effort to Expand High-Speed Internet Access to All Ohioans

Published on: November 6, 2019

Columbus, OH (November 6, 2019) – Connected Nation Ohio (CN Ohio) is using online and printed surveys to gather data and input from communities about their broadband (high-speed internet) access—to better identify ways to improve access for all. The deadline to provide input for your neighborhood or community is fast approaching. The last day to fill out the surveys is …

No Community Left Behind

Published on: October 24, 2019

The following opinion piece was written by U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue Access to the internet is critical for life in the 21st century, not something that is simply nice to have. To ensure our rural communities have quality health care, college-level math classes at the county high school, or precision ag technology at the local farm, high-speed broadband …

Rural businesses, professionals face limited broadband access

Published on: October 21, 2019

Published by Farm and Dairy on October 17, 2019 By Sarah Donkin  This is the second of a three-part series on the issue of rural broadband access PLEASANT CITY, Ohio — If you walk into a retail store in southern Ohio, you might see a “cash only” sign sitting in the window. Cash, unlike credit card machines, does not rely …