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 …

$20.4 Billion Available for Rural Broadband Expansion, First Deadline Approaching for Providers to Apply

Lansing, MI. (July 6, 2020) – Internet Service Providers (ISPs) have less than two weeks to complete a short form application to qualify for Phase 1 of the Rural Digital Opportunity Fund (RDOF) auction.  The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) issued its call for short form applications on July 1; the deadline for those applications is Wednesday, July 15. “Up to …

USDA Highlights Accomplishments in Rural High-Speed Broadband Deployment Under American Broadband Initiative

The following was a press release issued by the USDA on June 25, 2020. Click here for the original release. June Progress Report Shows USDA Played Key Role in Connecting 430,000 Rural Americans, Improving Investment Data, and Cutting Red-Tape WASHINGTON, June 25, 2020 – Today, the U.S. Department of Agriculture joined its government partners to release a Progress Report (PDF, 337 KB) detailing …

Connected Nation Names Vice President to Lead Connect K-12 Initiative

New initiative will help school districts increase internet capacity, secure better pricing Bowling Green, Ky. (June 22, 2020) – Connected Nation (CN) has named Emily Jordan as Vice President of its new Connect K-12 initiative, which aims to improve school connectivity nationally. Jordan will, among other things, lead the launch of a new online tool later this year that will …

FCC APPROVES ELEVENTH SET OF COVID-19 TELEHEALTH PROGRAM APPLICATIONS

The following is a press release issued by the Federal Communications Commission on June 17, 2020 WASHINGTON, June 17, 2020—The Federal Communications Commission’s Wireline Competition Bureau today approved an additional 62 funding applications for the COVID-19 Telehealth Program. Health care providers in both urban and rural areas of the country will use this $23.25 million in funding to provide telehealth …

Digital Works Honored for New Site for Digital Skills Training and Job Placement Assistance

Virtual (May 21, 2020) – Digital Works (DW) launched a new, more user-friendly website in January 2020 to better help people reach their digital training and job placement goals. This week, the new website was honored by national organization PR News as a finalist for Site Redesign. You can find the website at www.digitalworksjobs.org. “We felt it was important to …

Director at Michigan Public Service Commission Honored with National Broadband Visionary Award

Lansing, MI (April 28, 2020) – Connected Nation (CN) honored Robin Ancona, Director, Telecommunications Division, Michigan Public Service Commission (MPSC) today with the 2020 Broadband Visionary Award. This prestigious national award recognizes individuals who demonstrate exceptional and innovative leadership in the application of broadband and related technologies. “Robin has worked tirelessly to find innovative solutions for connecting more families and …

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

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 …