Small change, big impact: Connected Nation program helping communities expand internet access gets refresh

Connected Community Engagement Program rebrands to better reflect work to improve connectivity across the country Bowling Green, Kentucky (September 14, 2021) – A lot has changed in the last year but from change comes opportunity–for the Connected Community Engagement Program (Connected) that means rebranding to more accurately reflect how the program helps communities, counties, and states. Connected is a Connected …

Texas County releases findings and recommendations for improving internet access, speeds

More than 480 surveys completed across Morris County provide key data points for new technology action plan Morris County, Texas (September 13, 2021) – The Connected Nation Texas (CN Texas) Connected Program partnered with the Morris County Broadband Team to conduct a study designed to determine the availability of broadband infrastructure throughout the county. Between July 2020 and May 2021, …

The Hill Country of Texas: How three counties are coming together to become ‘Connected Communities’

Blanco, Burnet and Llano Counties, Texas (September 13, 2021) –  The Texas Hill Country is comprised of picturesque communities tucked inside the rural countryside of Central and South Texas. It is a part of Texas that struggles with access to broadband internet — however, that is about to change. A technology action plan developed by Connected Nation Texas (CN Texas) …

Knox County Texas launches broadband project

Input needed for countywide plan to improve internet access and speed in Knox County Knox County, Texas (September 13, 2021) – The Knox County Broadband Committee is developing a Technology Action Plan for the county based on community feedback from residents, businesses, healthcare organizations, schools, and more. The Broadband Committee is made up of local stakeholders and works closely with …

Consumer Advisory: FCC warns public of emergency broadband program imposter website

Website Falsely Offers Enrollment in the FCC’s Emergency Broadband Benefit and Collects Consumers’ Personal Information The following release was issued by the Federal Communications Commission on August 27, 2021 WASHINGTON, August 27, 2021—The FCC recently became aware of a website purportedly run by “WiFi Freedom USA” that mimics the legitimate Emergency Broadband Benefit enrollment site, GetEmergencyBroadband.org. This website falsely claimed …

Survey data supports need for expanding broadband access and adoption in Jones County, Texas

Jones County, Texas (August 30, 2021) – Connected Nation Texas (CN Texas) recently presented Jones County with a technology action plan developed from data collected during a county-wide survey. Between February 2021 and May 2021, Jones County conducted a comprehensive survey of broadband technology access and adoption across the community that collected responses from 646 households in addition to over …

Increased broadband coverage on the horizon for Shelby County, Texas

Shelby County, Texas (August 23, 2021) – Connected Nation Texas (CN Texas) recently presented the final draft of the Technology Action Plan developed for Shelby County. A final action plan will be presented to the county on Aug. 25. Data were collected during a county-wide survey that took place from December 2021 through April 2021. The survey captured information on …

Connected Nation’s Vice President of GeoAnalytics to serve as URISA President-Elect

Bowling Green, Ky. (August 12, 2021) – Connected Nation is excited to share the news that Ashley Hitt, Vice President, GeoAnalytics will serve in the position of President-Elect for the URISA Board of Directors. “Ashley has long been an innovator in the GIS world and has used her unique skillset to shine a light on the Digital Divide,” said Tom …

It’s time for a full-color approach to solving the nation’s broadband problem

As the pandemic recedes, we’ve learned that universal access to the online world, through broadband service, is essential for participation in modern American life. The urgency to create full broadband coverage echoes past programs to develop nationwide networks for electricity, telephone, and interstate highways. Each of those ushered in major changes and improvements in communities across the country. Broadband is …

AT&T and Connected Nation deliver on commitment to provide 35,000 hotspots and free internet service to help vulnerable students

Bowling Green, Ky. (August 11, 2021) – Leading nonprofit Connected Nation has completed the deployment of 35,000 hotspots. Made possible by a contribution from AT&T – these hotspots, equipped with more than a year of free internet service – will help some of the most vulnerable students across the country. “AT&T made a $10 million commitment in 2020 to help …