Connected Nation, network interconnection pioneer Hunter Newby form joint venture to build, operate Internet Exchange Points in 125+ regional hub communities across America

JV aims to ‘democratize’ network interconnection, establish carrier-neutral IXP facilities in unserved markets—including the 14 states that lack them Fort Lauderdale, Florida (January 30, 2023) – At the Metro Connect 2023 event in South Florida today, national nonprofit Connected Nation (CN) announced that it has formed a 50/50 joint venture (JV) with network interconnection pioneer Hunter Newby to pursue the …

Why the FCC’s new National Broadband Map is important to your community

Louisville, Ky. and Nashville, Tenn. (November 30, 2022) – The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) released the updated National Broadband Map on Friday, November 18. This map is critical for determining how much each state receives of federal funding for expanding broadband access to unserved and underserved communities. Tom Ferree, Chairman & CEO, Connected Nation, recently spoke with RFD-TV, a national …

This is what’s changing – and what isn’t – about the Emergency Broadband Benefit as it becomes the Affordable Connectivity Program

Discounts on internet service will decrease for most, but the hope is more low-income households will enroll Bowling Green, Kentucky (February 9, 2022) – The new, federal broadband discount program might prove that “less really is more” as it lowers individual household internet discounts but seeks to register even more people in need. The Emergency Broadband Benefit (EBB) program was …

Why having access to broadband and other tech is now a MUST HAVE for America’s farmers and ranchers

Sidney and Philo, Illinois – When you think of farming or ranching—the words “technology” or “broadband access” probably aren’t the first ones that come mind. “When you talk about farmers in particular. I think there’s an oversimplification of what that sector involves. We have a large history as a nation to be an agrarian nation, but that sector in particular …

USDA begins accepting applications for $1.15 billion in loans and grants to help people living in rural communities get access to high-speed internet

Includes up to $350 million for grants in Tribal and socially vulnerable communities The following was issued by the USDA on November 24, 2021 WASHINGTON, Nov. 24, 2021 – U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced the Department has begun accepting applications for up to $1.15 billion in loans and grants to help people in rural areas get …

Oregon news station to host live, expert panel discussion during national conversation on Digital Divide

KGW will be one of three live locations across the country Portland, Oregon (November 3, 2021) – KGW, Portland’s NBC-affiliate and Emmy-winning tv station, will host expert panelists during a live, national event taking place on Wednesday, November 17. Connected Nation (CN) is producing the free event titled “20 years of connecting the nation: a national conversation on the Digital …

New data shows the top factor for choosing a home broadband provider is NOT cost

Rural Texas (November 1, 2021) – If you were to guess why people chose a particular Internet Service Provider (ISP) over another, you’d likely land on price. But recent Connected Nation Texas (CN Texas) research says otherwise. “We took data gathered from 4,410 households across multiple rural Texas communities in 2020 that reported having at least two choices for home …

USDA to Make Up to $1.15 Billion Available to Help People Living in Rural Communities Access High-Speed Internet

The following press release was issued by the U.S. Department of Agriculture on October 22, 2021. Department Also Invests $50 Million to Improve Access to Telemedicine, Distance Learning for 7.6 Million People in Rural Areas GENESEO, Ill., Oct. 22, 2021 – U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced a significant expansion of access to high-speed internet, health …

Panelists announced for national conversation on the Digital Divide, free event to broadcast live from 3 US cities

20 years | 3 US cities | 1-of-a-kind event   Bowling Green, Ky. (October 7, 2021) – Connected Nation (CN) is marking 20 years of service in 2021 by hosting “A national conversation on the Digital Divide.” This one-of-a-kind, live event will take placeWednesday, November 17, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. (eastern). Registration is free at cn20.org. Panelists will …

The Rural Digital Opportunity Fund: What’s up with the wait for Phase II?

Lansing, Michigan (September 24, 2021) – The Rural Digital Opportunity Fund (RDOF) provides a unique opportunity to expand access to fixed broadband and voice service to millions of unserved homes and small businesses in rural America. There’s one problem—a hold up when it comes to Phase II of the $20.4 billion program. “This comes up a lot when we’re talking …