Connected Nation Praises Final Passage of the Broadband DATA Act, Commends Senate Commerce Chairman Wicker, House Energy & Commerce Chairman Pallone for their Leadership

Published on: March 11, 2020

Washington, DC (March 10, 2020) – Connected Nation (CN) praised the final passage of the Broadband DATA Act (S.1822) in the U.S. Senate today, after the bill cleared the House of Representatives by unanimous consent on March 3. The national nonprofit believes that progress toward closing the Digital Divide in the United States cannot be achieved without accurate and precise …

Healthcare From Anywhere: Groundbreaking Study Looks at the Impact of Telehealth in Rural America

Published on: March 5, 2020

Lansing, MI. (March 5, 2020) – Connected Nation (CN), through its state program Connected Nation Michigan (CN Michigan), today released a groundbreaking study that closely examines the use and perceptions of telehealth in rural areas with a focus on Michigan counties. Researchers found, among other things, the highest ratios in the country of patients per doctor, a lower-than-average life expectancy, …

VIDEO: Navigating and Applying for Funding Earmarked for Rural Broadband Expansion 

Published on: February 25, 2020

Athens, OH (February 25, 2020) – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is taking applications for the second round of funding for rural broadband expansion through its $550 million ReConnect Program. Ohio University and Connected Nation Ohio hosted a webinar yesterday to help you understand how this program can help connect more residents, businesses, and communities in your area. It features a …

State Representative Calls Broadband Access the “Number One Issue among all Constituents”

Published on: February 24, 2020

Circleville, OH. (February 24, 2020) – State Representative Gary Scherer (R-Dist. 92) recently hosted a public meeting in Circleville to discuss broadband coverage in his district. “I was at one of the earlier Connected Nation Ohio Broadband Forums. I knew that we needed to get this to the 92nd house district,” Rep. Scherer said. “Broadband access is a number one …

Education, Business, National Security: Why Connecting One Rural Texas Town Affects Us All

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“I sometimes feel like we’re sitting ducks out here.” by Jessica Denson, Communications Director Connected Nation Monahans, TX (February 24, 2020) – Shellie Porras owns three businesses located in Monahans, Texas — all within 2 square miles. She operates a gym, a car wash, and a trucking company, and she wouldn’t be able to run them without access to broadband …

Digital Works at Fort Campbell Seeks to Lower High Unemployment Rate among Military Spouses

Published on: February 13, 2020

Oak Grove, Ky. (February 13, 2020) – The good news for 2020 is that the economy is booming. The U.S. labor market added 225,000 jobs in January and wages climbed 3.1 percent from a year earlier. Eric Winograd, senior economist at AllianceBernstein, told the Wall Street Journal that “the labor market and the consumer are the strength of the economy …

Ohio Representative to Hold Public Meeting on Rural Broadband Access

Published on: January 30, 2020

The following press release was issued by Rep. Scherer’s office on January 27, 2020  State Rep. Gary Scherer (R-Circleville) has announced that he will be hosting a public meeting, in collaboration with Connected Nation Ohio, to discuss updated broadband coverage maps for Ohio and to hear from constituents about current issues with broadband access. As a leader in rural internet …

Ohio Representative to Hold Public Meeting on Rural Broadband Access

Published on: January 29, 2020

The following press release was issued by Rep. Scherer’s office on January 27, 2020  State Rep. Gary Scherer (R-Circleville) has announced that he will be hosting a public meeting, in collaboration with Connected Nation Ohio, to discuss updated broadband coverage maps for Ohio and to hear from constituents about current issues with broadband access. As a leader in rural internet …

Mark Your Calendars, USDA to Open the Application Window for the Second Round of ReConnect Program Funding Friday

Published on: January 27, 2020

The following is a press release published by the USDA on January 27, 2020  WASHINGTON, Jan. 27, 2020 – Today, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Sonny Perdue announced USDA will begin taking applications for the second round of $550 million in ReConnect Program loan and grant funding on January 31. These funds will enable the federal government to continue …

FCC Chairman Discusses Rural Digital Opportunity Fund with Rural Business Owners, Community Advocates, Internet Service Providers

Published on: January 23, 2020

“This is the biggest step the FCC has ever taken to close the Digital Divide” by Jessica Denson, Communications Director Marietta, OH (January 23, 2020) – The Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), Ajit Pai, met yesterday with community advocates, business owners, educational leaders, internet service providers, and other local stakeholders in Ohio to discuss the importance of closing …