USDA Reviewing Applications From 41 States to Expand Rural Broadband in Second Round of ReConnect Pilot Program

Published on: April 23, 2020

The following was a stakeholder announcement issued by the USDA on April 22, 2020 WASHINGTON, April 22, 2020 – U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Deputy Under Secretary Bette Brand today announced that USDA has received 172 applications requesting $1.57 billion in the second round of the ReConnect Pilot Program. The applications seek funding to provide or upgrade rural broadband serviceacross 41 …

COVID-19 Response Plans for Connecting More Residents, Businesses at the State and Community Level

Published on: April 21, 2020

Bowling Green, Ky. (April 21, 2020) – Connected Nation (CN) is providing a new resource for state and community leaders that will help them identify immediate and simple solutions for connecting more residents and businesses during COVID-19 quarantines. “When local and state leaders began to implement shut down and ‘social distancing’ orders now nearly a month ago, we responded by …

Ohioans Ordered to Stay Home, Because Coronavirus; Without Internet, Just Because

Published on: April 16, 2020

Approximately 710,000 Ohio households don’t have any Internet service at home, leaving them unable to connect to work, school, health care or shopping during the coronavirus pandemic. The following was published in Governing on April 16, 2020 by Cornelius Frolik (TNS) — An estimated one in six households in the region do not have internet service during a global pandemic …

Disconnected During a Crisis: Life in Dayton Region Without Internet

Published on: April 9, 2020

The following was published by the Dayton Daily News on April 8, 2020 by Cornelius Frolik  An estimated one in six households in the Dayton region do not have internet service during a global pandemic when people are depending on the web like never before. With Ohioans ordered to shelter in place to slow the spread of COVID-19, residents with …

Resources and Solutions to Providing Connectivity for Those Stuck in the Digital Divide

Published on: April 8, 2020

Virtual (April 8, 2020) – Coronavirus has changed how Americans work and learn—but for millions of families and individuals, that change means being unable to access the critical resources they desperately need. Connected Nation (CN) is a national nonprofit based in Bowling Green, Kentucky, that has advocated for improving access to broadband (high-speed internet) for nearly two decades—and it has …

Policy Brief: FCC Extends E-Rate Deadlines Due to COVID-19

Published on: April 2, 2020

Washington, DC (April 2, 2020) – Yesterday, the FCC voted to adopt an Order extending E-Rate Program deadlines in light of the COVID-19 pandemic and its effect on schools and libraries across the country. The FCC stated that “to provide relief to E-Rate program participants affected by this unprecedented national pandemic, we temporarily waive and extend several E-Rate filing and …

Connecting America during the Coronavirus: Stimulus Bill Provides Some Funding to Expand Access

Published on: March 26, 2020

Washington, DC (March 26, 2020) – The Senate unanimously passed late last night a $2 trillion stimulus bill in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The House is set to vote on the bill Friday, March 27. This historic legislation provides funding for individuals, couples, and families. It also provides some relief for those who are working and learning from home …

Internet 101: Free Training Resources Offered by Connected Nation

Published on: March 17, 2020

Bowling Green, Ky. (March 17, 2020) – The White House and public health officials announced today changes to telehealth initiatives and recommendations in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.  Those changes include expanding Medicare immediately to cover telemedicine. Officials suggested patients call their doctor’s offices if they had questions about telehealth services offered by their physicians. The White House also …

FCC Chairman Launches the Keep Americans Connected Pledge, Here’s What He’s Asking Providers to Do

Published on: March 13, 2020

The following press release was issued by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) on March 13, 2020 Pai Calls on Broadband and Telephone Service Providers to Promote Connectivity for Americans Impacted by the Disruptions Caused by the Coronavirus Pandemic WASHINGTON, March 13, 2020—Yesterday, in multiple phone calls with broadband and telephone service providers and trade associations, Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit …

USDA Extends ReConnect Application Deadline to March 31

Published on: March 12, 2020

WASHINGTON, March 12, 2020 – Today, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Deputy Under Secretary for Rural Development Bette Brand announced USDA has extended the deadline (PDF, 245 KB) for ReConnect Pilot Program applications to March 31. “By extending the ReConnect Program application deadline, we are helping even more qualified organizations access the essential funding to make high-speed broadband connectivity a …