FCC Authorizes Nearly $112.2 Million in Funding for Rural Broadband

The following is a press release sent out by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) on September 12, 2019  Fifth Round of Funding from Connect America Fund Auction Starts This Month and Includes Nine States WASHINGTON, September 12, 2019—The Federal Communications Commission today authorized over $112.2 million in funding over the next decade to expand broadband to nearly 48,000 unserved rural …

Take the Survey: Connected Nation Ohio Needs Your Input to Improve Your Internet

Survey Link: https://www.myconnectedcommunity.org/ Columbus, OH (September 4, 2019) – Connected Nation Ohio (CN Ohio) recently began a new phase in its mapping, technical assistance, and analysis work across the state. Part of that effort includes gathering data from residents and businesses about their access and use of broadband (high-speed internet). “Ohio leaders have taken important steps to connect more communities. They …

VIDEO: One Company’s Work to Connect Rural Ohio

‘Everybody needs broadband’ Bascom, OH. (September 3, 2019) – Bascom Communications’ General Manager understands how important high-speed internet (broadband) is to rural communities—that’s because he lives and works in one. “You know, everybody needs broadband. It can be used for anything,” said Nate Brickner, who lives in Bascom.  “You know from watching television to running your tractor. It’s definitely needed …

$4.9 billion: These states got the most of the FCC’s funding for broadband expansion

by Jessica Denson, Director of Communications Connected Nation Louisville, Ky. (August 27, 2019) – The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) recently authorized $4.9 billion over the next decade for “maintaining, improving, and expanding rural broadband.”  The funds are earmarked for expanding high-speed internet (broadband) in 39 states and American Samoa, including 44,243 locations on Tribal lands. The announcement was made Thursday, …

Kentucky’s Military Affairs Executive Director Honored with Broadband Visionary Award

Frankfort, Ky. (August 19, 2019) – Connected Nation (CN) honored Colonel M. Blaine Hedges, USA (Retired) on Monday, August 19, with the 2019 Broadband Visionary Award. This prestigious, national award recognizes individuals who demonstrate exceptional and innovative leadership in the application of broadband and its related technologies. “Colonel Hedges saw early on how high-speed internet could help address a chronic …

Using Location Intelligence to Connect Communities

Connected Nation at the 2019 Esri User Conference by Ashley Hitt and Brian Dudek Earlier this month, staff from Connected Nation’s GIS Services department attended the Esri User Conference in San Diego, California, marking the ninth year that CN staff members have been in attendance. Esri is the market leader in GIS (geographic information systems) software, bringing over 17,000 attendees …

FCC Releases Report & Order on Broadband Data Collection 

Washington, D.C. (July 18, 2019) –  On July 11, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) circulated a highly anticipated Report and Order and Second Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on the topic of broadband data collection and mapping, which will be considered for adoption at the FCC’s August 1st Open Meeting. The Report and Order (Order) establishes the “Digital Opportunity Data …

POLICY BRIEF: FCC Proposes Cap to Universal Service Fund, Extends Comment Deadline 

Washington, D.C. (July 10, 2019) –  In May, the FCC released a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) to seek comment on establishing a cap on the Universal Service Fund (USF) and, most recently, extended the deadline for comments on the proposal. This NPRM could impact the E-Rate and Rural Health Care funds and has raised some questions. There is some disagreement among …

Rural Connectivity Necessary for Agriculture

The following published in DairyBusiness on July 8, 2019 Connectivity is needed in rural areas to make the best of use technology in agriculture The Forbes AgTech Summit in Salinas in June on “The Future of Food” showcased technology, innovation and ideas that will make agriculture more efficient, productive, profitable and safe. To make these advancements accessible to all Americans, broadband connectivity …

Getting Up-to-speed on Broadband Legislation

This quarter has seen a flurry of broadband legislation and programs aimed at increasing high-speed internet access and adoption across the country. Connected Nation’s (CN) policy team tracks these developments closely as the nonprofit works to get broadband deployed in even the most unserved of communities. Tom Ferree, CN’s Chairman & CEO, recently talked with RFD-TV about the work lawmakers …