FCC Announces $313 Million For Broadand Through The Rural Digital Opportunity Fund As Work Continues To Strengthen The Program

The following press release was issued by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) on Friday, March 25 Funding to Support Broadband Deployments to Over 130,000 Locations in 19 States WASHINGTON, March 25, 2022—The Federal Communications Commission today announced that it is ready to authorize more than $313 million through the Rural Digital Opportunity Fund to fund new broadband deployments in 19 …

Connected Nation CEO Tom Ferree responds to President Joe Biden’s first State of the Union Address

Washington, DC (March 1, 2022) – Tom Ferree, Chairman & CEO, Connected Nation, issued the following statement in response to President Joe Biden’s first State of the Union Address: “Tonight, President Biden outlined his administration’s ambitious goal to make broadband access available and affordable to every home in America.  For more than two decades, our organization has been singularly focused on …

Connected Nation names four honorees to share the 2021 National Broadband Visionary Award

Bowling Green, Kentucky (December 13, 2021) – Connected Nation (CN) is honoring four organizations with the 2021 Broadband Visionary Award — KGW-TV in Portland, Oregon; Fort Bend Independent School District in Sugar Land, Texas; and, jointly, RFD-TV and the American Farm Bureau Federation in Washington, D.C. This prestigious national award recognizes those who demonstrate exceptional and innovative leadership in the …

RFD-TV and American Farm Bureau team up to host live, expert panels during national conversation on Digital Divide

Washington, DC will be one of three live locations across the country Washington, DC (November 12, 2021) – RFD-TV, a national rural affairs network, will host expert panelists at its American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) studio location during a “national conversation on the Digital Divide.” This  free event, produced by national nonprofit Connected Nation, will take place across the country …

Connected Nation applauds designation of Jessica Rosenworcel as FCC Chair, Gigi Sohn as new FCC Commissioner, Alan Davidson as head of NTIA

Washington, DC (October 27, 2021) – Tom Ferree, Chairman & CEO of Connected Nation, issued the following statement congratulating Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Acting Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel, Gigi Sohn, and Alan Davidson on their appointments to FCC and NTIA leadership positions:  “We commend President Biden for his selection of Jessica Rosenworcel to become permanent chair of the FCC. Throughout her …

Reflections on Digital Inclusion Week 2021 by Connected Nation’s VP of Digital Inclusion

It’s ok to have a new normal! What a great week! This year marked the sixth year of celebrating National Digital Inclusion Week. In case you missed it go to #DIW2021 or #DIW21 on Twitter to see all the great organizations, communities and digital inclusion practitioners that are working to empower vulnerable communities and individuals. Digital Inclusion week marks an …

Small change, big impact: Connected Nation program helping communities expand internet access gets refresh

Connected Community Engagement Program rebrands to better reflect work to improve connectivity across the country Bowling Green, Kentucky (September 14, 2021) – A lot has changed in the last year but from change comes opportunity–for the Connected Community Engagement Program (Connected) that means rebranding to more accurately reflect how the program helps communities, counties, and states. Connected is a Connected …

Connected Nation applauds San Augustine, Texas’ resolution to become a “Broadband City”

San Augustine, Texas (July 7, 2021) – It takes a village, but in this case, it took a city. Recently, the San Augustine City Council learned the findings of a city and countywide broadband survey presented by Connected Nation Texas (CN Texas). These findings led the Council to act quickly by passing a resolution to become a Broadband City.  “I …

FCC announces release of regional Emergency Broadband Benefit program data

Heading into Week 7 of EBB Program, FCC Shares Additional Enrollment Data, Continues Program Outreach The following was a press release issued by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) on June 29, 2021 WASHINGTON, June 29, 2021—FCC Acting Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel announced today the agency will begin releasing more detailed Emergency Broadband Benefit enrollment figures to inform its current awareness efforts and empower …

Statement from Connected Nation Chairman & CEO Thomas W. Ferree on President Biden’s Address to Congress

Washington, DC. (April 29, 2021) – Thomas W. Ferree, Chairman & CEO of Connected Nation, released the following statement regarding President Joe Biden’s address to a joint session of Congress last night: “We were heartened to hear President Biden reiterate his commitment to seeking $100 billion in his infrastructure plan to ensure that every American has access to robust broadband, …