The Digital Divide Knows No Borders

Lexington, Ky. (April 17, 2019) – What do you picture when you think of New Zealand? Perhaps you see a lush and green countryside? Or, unspoiled coastlines? Or, maybe you imagine waterfalls in valleys? All are true, but among those picturesque images is something often unnoticed—rural communities left without access to the same opportunities and resources many of us take …

FCC Chairman Sets $20B/10-Year Rural Broadband Funding Plan

The following was published by MeriTalk on April 15, 2019 The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) will be facilitating $20.4 billion of investments into high-speed broadband networks across rural America over the next 10 years, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai announced during a briefing with President Trump on April 12. To distribute those funds, the FCC will create the Rural Digital Opportunity Fund, which …

Coverage Questions Plague Rural Broadband Expansion

Editor’s Note: Connected Nation believes that one of the reasons many areas remain unserved or underserved when it comes to access to broadband is because there is not accurate data. The current data does not truly reflect who has access and who does not. The following piece, written by Anthony Izaguirre, was published by the Southeast Missourian on April 16, …

FCC to hold big 5G auction, spend $20B for rural internet

Published by AP News on April 12th, 2019 By Tali Arbel NEW YORK (AP) — The U.S. government will hold a massive auction to bolster 5G service , the next generation of mobile networks, and plans to spend $20 billion to expand broadband access in rural areas. 5G will mean faster wireless speeds and has implications for technologies like self-driving …

Advancing Rural Broadband – The Five Steps to Success

Bowling Green, KY (April 11th, 2019) – Access to broadband in rural areas may be challenge for some, but Carol Mattey, Former Deputy Bureau Chief of the FCC’s Wire Line Competition, is on a mission to change that. In a recent article by the Benton Foundation, Mattey appeared before the Subcommittee on Communications, Technology, Innovation and the Internet of the …

The Way to a Better, More Accurate Broadband Map

Published by Charter Communications on April 9th, 2019 Broadband can provide life changing opportunities from applying for a job and earning a degree, to accessing healthcare or starting a business. Charter shares the goal of the Federal Communications Commission and Members of Congress of helping close the digital divide by directing resources to areas that need it most, those that …

State allows electric co-ops to sell broadband

Published by The Union Recorder on March 3rd, 2019 By Jill Nolin CNHI State Reporter   ATLANTA – State lawmakers agreed to give electric cooperatives a shot at providing high-speed internet service in rural Georgia, signing off on a proposal Tuesday after three years of debate. The state’s 41 electric membership corporations will be given the authority to provide broadband service, …

NeoNova grows its rural broadband footprint with latest acquisition

Published by WRAL TechWire on April 2nd, 2019 NeoNova, the Triangle-based company that provides a variety of support services to rural Internet broadband supported, is expanding its network with another acquisition. The firm, which is owned by the National Rural Telecommunications Cooperative, is buying the Iowa-based SecurityCoverage. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed, but NeoNova said the company …

Greetings from New Zealand: Connected Nation Takes Its Mission International

Whangarei, New Zealand (March 25, 2019) – Connected Nation is taking part in a week-long exchange program dubbed “Getting Connected New Zealand Outbound.”  The program, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State Office of Citizen Exchanges, was organized by World Learning. World Learning works to equip individuals and institutions to address the world’s most pressing problems through “experiential learning, leadership development, inclusive …

Bill to use coops to expand broadband

Published by The DailyAdvance.com By Jon Hawley  Area lawmakers are backing new legislation that would help electric cooperatives offer broadband internet. Rep. Howard Hunter III, D-Hertford, is a primary sponsor of House Bill 387, which was introduced Tuesday and would remove restrictions on electric membership corporations supporting or providing broadband internet. Other primary sponsors include Republican House Reps. Dean Arp, John …