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

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 $22 million for broadband in rural Missouri counties

Published by Howel County News on May 24, 2019 By Caitlyn Rosen  Missourians living in rural areas have dealt with a lack of broadband access at disproportionate levels. Funding authorized Tuesday from the Federal Communications Commission could peck away at the problem. The FCC authorized $22.4 million over the next decade to expand broadband access to 13 counties and 7,400 …

New Bill Would Improve Broadband Maps

The following was published by the American Farm Bureau Federation on May 22, 2019. Farm Bureau President, Zippy Duvall, recently joined Connected Nation’s board of directors partly because of our mission to bring broadband to all people in both rural and urban areas.  A recently introduced bill would enhance the accuracy of broadband coverage maps, a key step toward boosting …

Rural Missouri Celebrates Successful Legislative Session

Bowling Green, KY. (May 20, 2019) – Last week the Missouri legislation had a successful session that was very important to the states agriculture. Many bills were passed that supported big changes in rural communities. Governor Mike Parson and other state leaders biggest victory for family farmers was the passage of SB 391. This new law (SB 391) prevents counties from implementing …

Connected Nation Chairman Named to FCC Broadband Deployment Advisory Committee

Bowling Green, Ky. (May  20, 2019) – Tom Ferree, Chairman & CEO, Connected Nation, was named to the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) re-chartered Broadband Deployment Advisory Committee (BDAC). The committee’s mission will be to make recommendations on how to accelerate the deployment of high-speed internet access. “I’m honored to be named among the distinguished professionals who are taking part in …

Why Broadband Access Is More Than An Urban vs Rural Issue

Published by The Hill on May 13, 2019 By G.K. Butterfield  The Internet provides practically infinite economic and educational opportunities for users throughout the world. In our increasingly digital society, one’s ability to utilize the Internet bears greatly on their potential for individual success and upward mobility. Though high-speed Internet has propelled the 21stcentury economy forward, it hasn’t taken every …

Lack of rural broadband limits farmers

Published by Albany Herald on April 29th, 2019 By Clint Thompson TIFTON — Georgia farmers have technological advancements at their fingertips, but many are not able to use them to their fullest extent due to the lack of broadband internet access, according to Wes Porter, University of Georgia Cooperative Extension precision agriculture and irrigation specialist. “We’re creating all sorts of …

Senator Blunt says expansion of high-speed broadband essential to rural Missouri growth

Published by SJ Post on April 26th, 2019 By Brent Martin  U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt wants Congress to tackle expanding broadband access, especially to rural America. Blunt says high-speed Internet access can no longer be considered a luxury. “High-speed broadband, I believe, is as important today as the telephone was seven decades ago and we need to make the same …