Policy Brief: FCC Announces Special E-rate Filing Window for School District Bandwidth Upgrades 

On September 16, acknowledging the disruptions caused by COVID-19 and the new reliance on remote learning by school districts, the FCC directed the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) to open a second E-rate filing window for Funding Year 2020 (FY2020). The window opened Monday, September 21 and will close on Friday, October 16 at 11:59 p.m. EDT. This new window …

New Census Data Shows Broadband Adoption Rates Inching Up, Mobile Connectivity Growing in Importance

Bowling Green, Ky (September 24, 2020) – New data from the United States Census Bureau reveal higher broadband adoption rates in 2019 than in the prior year — an ongoing trend in the United States. And just last week, the Census Bureau released the first round of its data from the American Community Survey (ACS), which includes broadband adoption data. …

Connected Nation Promotes Staff, Aligns Organization for Continued Growth Amidst National Focus on Closing Digital Divide

Bowling Green, Ky. (September 22, 2020) – Connected Nation (CN), a national nonprofit working to close the Digital Divide, is taking action to more effectively respond to the need for digital equity across the country by promoting and empowering key personnel. “Today we celebrate four accomplished Connected Nation veterans—not only for their contributions to our organization but also in their …

Connected Nation Named Among the Top Five Best Places to Work in Kentucky

Bowling Green, Ky. (September 9, 2020) – Connected Nation (CN) was just named among the top five Best Places to Work in the small business category by the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce, the Kentucky Society for Human Resource Management (KYSHRM) and ClearPath Mutual Insurance Company. This is the ninth time the Kentucky-based, national nonprofit has been honored among the best places to work in the state, …

How to “Pandemic Proof” the National Labor Force

Bowling Green, Ky. (September 3, 2020) – Congress, through the HEALS Act, is debating how to provide additional relief for Americans hit hard by the coronavirus shutdowns. We’ve all watched as things have seemed to move forward only to stall again. Responding to the overwhelming need of the American worker and American business right now is a tall order. The …

Digital Works Celebrates 1,000 Job Placements for the Telework Training and Job Placement Program

Gov. Beshear, Second Lady Pence Join Us in Honoring Veteran Who Hit the Milestone Oak Grove, Ky (August 6, 2020) – Digital Works (DW) staff, graduates, and supporters gathered today to mark a major milestone for the digital training and career mentoring program: 1,000 job placements.  “Our Digital Works program was established in 2013 when we began to notice the …

Digital Works Celebrates 1,000 Job Placements for the Telework Training and Job Placement Program

Gov. Beshear, Second Lady Pence Join Us in Honoring Veteran Who Hit the Milestone Oak Grove, Ky (August 6, 2020) – Digital Works (DW) staff, graduates, and supporters gathered today to mark a major milestone for the digital training and career mentoring program: 1,000 job placements.  “Our Digital Works program was established in 2013 when we began to notice the …

1,000 Jobs and Counting: Digital Works Marks Milestone in Telework Training and Job Placement Program

Fort Campbell, Ky (July 27, 2020) – The digital training and career mentoring program Digital Works today marked a major milestone—1,000 job placements.  The 1000th job placement was filled by an Army veteran. Connected Nation, the national nonprofit that founded Digital Works, is hosting a virtual celebration on Thursday, Aug. 6, to celebrate the milestone, those who made it possible, …

Ohio Senators Back Legislation To Expand Broadband Internet Access

The following was published by WOSU Radio on July 7, 2020 Ohio’s U.S. Senators are calling on Congress to expand broadband around the country, noting the growing importance the internet has played during the COVID-19 pandemic. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) and Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio) are backing a piece of legislation that would build-up internet access in underserved areas like …

Advisory Committee on Diversity and Digital Empowerment to Convene August 3 Workshop Examining The Role of Libraries on Broadband Adoption and Literacy

The following is a press release issued by the FCC on June 30, 2020 This Public Notice announces that the Digital Empowerment and Inclusion Working Group of the Advisory Committee on Diversity and Digital Empowerment (ACDDE) and the Media Bureau will host a  virtual workshop to examine the role of U.S. libraries as community hubs to drive digital adoption and …