The Digital Equity Act is bipartisan, actionable, and can help close the Digital Divide for the most vulnerable Americans

Bowling Green, Ky. (June 15, 2021) – Connected Nation applauds the hard work of Senators Patty Murray (D-WA), Rob Portman (R-OH), and Angus King (I-ME) to bring forth the Digital Equity Act which is squarely focused on expanding digital inclusion across the US. “Connected Nation is endorsing this Act because it seeks to help our nation’s most vulnerable populations finally …

From billions of dollars in new funding to mandatory minimum speeds, why NOW is an unprecedented time for broadband expansion in America

By Eric Frederick, Vice President, Community AffairsConnected Nation I recently looked up “how much is a billion?” It’s a difficult number to comprehend. The most common answer is that it’s a thousand million. Another answer is that a billion seconds is equivalent to 31 and a half years. It’s quite the sum. Now, try to imagine a billion times 365 …

Senators Cornyn, Manchin Introduce Bill to Expand Broadband Access to Unserved Rural Areas

The following joint press release was issued on October 1, 2020 by the offices of Senators John Cornyn (R-TX) and Joe Machin (D-WV) WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators John Cornyn (R-TX) and Joe Manchin (D-WV) today introduced the Eliminate the Digital Divide Act, which would empower states to carry out their own broadband programs that will incentivize internet service providers to …

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 …

Disconnected During a Crisis: Life in Dayton Region Without Internet

The following was published by the Dayton Daily News on April 8, 2020 by Cornelius Frolik  An estimated one in six households in the Dayton region do not have internet service during a global pandemic when people are depending on the web like never before. With Ohioans ordered to shelter in place to slow the spread of COVID-19, residents with …

FCC Chairman Launches the Keep Americans Connected Pledge, Here’s What He’s Asking Providers to Do

The following press release was issued by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) on March 13, 2020 Pai Calls on Broadband and Telephone Service Providers to Promote Connectivity for Americans Impacted by the Disruptions Caused by the Coronavirus Pandemic WASHINGTON, March 13, 2020—Yesterday, in multiple phone calls with broadband and telephone service providers and trade associations, Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit …

USDA Officials Explain Federal Funding for Rural Broadband, Will Answer Questions from Public, Local Organizations

Athens, OH (February 20, 2020) – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is now taking applications for the second round of $550 million in ReConnect Program loan and grant funding for rural broadband expansion.  That window closes March 16. Ohio University and Connected Nation Ohio (CN Ohio) are working in partnership to help communities understand how to leverage this program to connect more …

National Nonprofit Working to Close Digital Divide Applauds President Trump’s Commitment to Rural America

Washington, D.C. (February 5, 2020) – Connected Nation Chairman and CEO Tom Ferree released the following statement in response to President Donald Trump’s State of the Union Address, specifically his commitment to ensure “that every citizen can have access to high-speed internet, including rural America.” “We are excited to see that the Trump Administration remains committed to building a better …

FCC Chairman Discusses Rural Digital Opportunity Fund with Rural Business Owners, Community Advocates, Internet Service Providers

“This is the biggest step the FCC has ever taken to close the Digital Divide” by Jessica Denson, Communications Director Marietta, OH (January 23, 2020) – The Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), Ajit Pai, met yesterday with community advocates, business owners, educational leaders, internet service providers, and other local stakeholders in Ohio to discuss the importance of closing …

FCC Chairman Announces Plan to Launch $9 Billion 5G Fund for Rural America

The following is a press release issued by the FCC on December 4, 2019 5G Fund Would Replace Mobility Fund Phase II and Focus on Bringing the Most Advanced Wireless Services to Rural Areas WASHINGTON, December 4, 2019—Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai announced today that he intends to establish the 5G Fund, which would make up to $9 billion in …