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VIDEO: Connecting Rural America to Broadband

Bowling Green, Ky. (May 15, 2018) - “Having internet access right now is no longer a luxury or an amenity. It’s fundamental to economic development, innovation, and basically all quality measures of American life,” said Tom Ferree, Chairman & CEO of Connected Nation, recently during an interview with RFD-TV.

The broadcast group focuses on issues important to rural America, and few things can impact the quality of life of those living in small communities as access to broadband (high-speed internet) and its related technologies.

Ferree was invited to speak about Connected Nation’s (CN) work to expand access, adoption, and use to all people in the U.S. during Digital Inclusion Week, which took place May 7-11, 2018.

“This particular issue hits rural America the hardest,” Ferree said. “As we stand here today, over a third of rural America still lacks access to the same things that their urban counterparts enjoy. One of the best things we can do is to identify the barriers, because every community wrestles with different barriers, and we want to make sure we have a keen understanding of those challenges so we can begin to fashion the plans that are going to be most effective for those communities.”

To understand how Connected Nation is helping and the reason better mapping is so important to expanding broadband, especially in rural communities, watch the full video below.