ReConnect Program Receives 53 Applications Worth $635M for Rural Broadband Loan/Grant Funding

Published on: June 27, 2019

Published by Telecompetitor on June 26, 2019 By Phil Britt U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development received 53 applications requesting more than $635 million in loan-grant combination funding in the first round of the USDA ReConnect Pilot Program, the USDA announced this week. The USDA made $200 million available for loan-grant combination projects in the first round of funding. …

OPINION: A Better Approach to Universal Broadband

Published on: June 13, 2019

The following opinion piece was published in Morning Consult on June 12, 2019 It was submitted by Tom Ferree, Connected Nation’s Chairman & CEO  The 2020 presidential race is here, and with it, national debates about the hot topics of the day – jobs, taxes and health care to name a few. Listen more closely, however, and you will hear …

Eleven Years and Counting: The UN Goal to Connect Every Adult in the World by 2030

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Yep…We Said “World” by Jessica Denson Director of Communications, Connected Nation (June 13, 2019) – The straightforward title of a new United Nations report, The Age of Digital Interdependence Report, perhaps says it all: People no longer just want access to a digital world, they need it. That is especially true for vulnerable populations that could benefit in immediate and …

Accelerating the Deployment of High-Speed Internet Access

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FCC Broadband Deployment Advisory Committee Meeting Held Washington, D.C. (June 13, 2019) – The Federal Communications Commission is taking steps to accelerate the deployment of broadband to more communities. Today, the re-chartered Broadband Deployment Advisory Committee (BDAC) is meeting in Washington, D.C. Members of the committee include representatives from providers, nonprofits, and government associations. Connected Nation Chairman & CEO, Tom Ferree, …

CAPITO, KLOBUCHAR LEGISLATION TO IMPROVE BROADBAND CONNECTIVITY PASSES SENATE

Published on: June 11, 2019

The following press release was issued on Sen. Shelley Moore Capito’s website on June 6, 2019  Update: As of June 10, 2019, the bill was referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.  Click here to the follow the latest on this bill. Bipartisan bill would call for a study of the effects of broadband deployment, adoption on the U.S. …

The UN wants to connect every adult in the world by 2030

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The following was published in c|net on June 10, 2019  by Dhara Singh  Half the world still doesn’t have access to the internet, says UN Secretary-General António Guterres. At a time when countries are feuding over tariffs and trade agreements, Melinda Gates and Alibaba CEO Jack Ma feel optimistic that international cooperation will bridge the digital divide. The hope is that global collaboration …

FCC Authorizes Second Wave of Funding for Rural Broadband From Connect America Fund Auction

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The following press release was issued on the Federal Communications Commission’s website on June 10, 2019  Media Contact: Chelsea Fallon, (202) 418-7991 chelsea.fallon@fcc.gov For Immediate Release FCC AUTHORIZES SECOND WAVE OF FUNDING FOR RURAL BROADBAND FROM CONNECT AMERICA FUND AUCTION Another Round of Funding Starts This Month for Broadband Buildout in Rural Communities in 22 States — WASHINGTON, June 10, …

Is the ‘digital divide’ narrowing for you?

Published on: June 10, 2019

Published by High Plains/Midwest Journal  By Sara Wyant As our summer travel season ramps up, we’ll be driving or flying to at least 10 different states, including Alaska. One of my biggest concerns is the ability to stay connected—either by finding cell phone service or connecting to my home and office via high-speed broadband. My expectations aren’t too high for …

Another Congressman Signs Onto Bill to Improve Broadband Mapping in Rural Communities

Published on: June 7, 2019

The following press release was published on Tom O’Halleran’s website on June 6, 2019 WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Tom O’Halleran (D-AZ) joined Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) to introduce the Broadband Data Improvement Act of 2019 alongside Reps. G.K. Butterfield (D-NC), Ann Kuster (D-NH), David McKinley (R-WV), and Rob Wittman (R-VA). This bipartisan legislation would improve the broadband mapping process nationwide to …

Connected Nation and Second Lady’s Staff Discuss Military Families

Published on: June 6, 2019

Washington, D.C. (June 6, 2019) – Connected Nation visited the offices of the Second Lady of the United States, Karen Pence, today to discuss the needs of military families. Retired Col. Blaine Hedges joined CN’s Chairman & CEO, Tom Ferree, and Vice President of Government Affairs, Brent Legg, for the visit. The trio met with Mrs. Pence’s staff members to …