Policy Brief: Congress Passes Broadband DATA Act

Washington, DC (March 20, 2020) – On March 10, 2020, Congress passed the Broadband Deployment Accuracy and Technological Availability (DATA) Act, which set the stage for a sweeping reform on how broadband data is collected, verified, and mapped by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and builds upon the Digital Opportunity Data Collection (DODC) report and order that the FCC adopted in August …

FCC Acts to Support Telehealth & Remote Learning During Coronavirus

The following is a press release issued by the FCC on March 18, 2020  WASHINGTON (March 18, 2020)—The Federal Communications Commission today announced important changes to the Rural Health Care (RHC) and E-Rate programs that will make it easier for broadband providers to support telehealth and remote learning efforts during the coronavirus pandemic.  Specifically, the FCC’s Wireline Competition Bureau has …

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 …

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 …

Preliminary Ohio Broadband Maps Released – Help Improve Them!

Louisville, KY. (January 15, 2020) – In mid-December, Connected Nation Ohio (CN Ohio) published preliminary broadband availability maps as part of a project to identify areas served and unserved by high-speed internet access. They are the first state-level broadband maps developed since 2017. While federal broadband datasets exist, they are heavily flawed, and there is evidence of both overstatement and understatement of broadband …

Better Broadband Maps: The First Step to Bridging the Digital Divide

Washington, DC – Connected Nation’s Board of Directors recently came together in Washington, D.C. to discuss progress made and what still needs to be done to connect more communities to broadband (high-speed internet). The technology provides access to resources and opportunities that include better healthcare, educational opportunities, job training and placement, government services, and so much more. RFD-TV, a broadcast group …

FCC Authorizes Nearly $89.2 Million In Funding For Rural Broadband

The following is press release issued by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) on December 16, 2019 Eighth Round of Funding from Connect America Fund Auction  Starts This Month and Includes 21 States WASHINGTON, December 16, 2019—The Federal Communications Commission today authorized nearly $89.2 million in funding over the next decade to expand broadband to more than 123,000 unserved rural homes and …

Two Bipartisan Broadband Bills Pass House

The following is a press release issued on Congressman Jack Bergman’s website on December 16, 2019 EDITOR’S NOTE: Connected Nation (CN) believes  the current broadband maps do not accurately reflect where this is and is not coverage because the data is collected at a measurement level that’s too large. Currently, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) requires providers to report their …

48 Senators Join Together to Urge FCC to Prioritize Sustainable Rural Broadband

Washington, DC (December 10, 2019) – A bipartisan group of 48 U.S. Senators sent a letter yesterday to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) asking the agency to prioritize sustainable rural broadband (high-speed internet) networks. The letter, addressed to Chairman Ajit Pai, addresses the FCC’s consideration of new rules in the Rural Digital Opportunity Fund (RDOF) proceeding. The senators voiced concern …

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 …