VA, Microsoft to expand rural broadband through partnership

Published by Becker’s Healthcare on May 23, 2019 By Emily Rappleye  The Department of Veterans Affairs and Microsoft are partnering to extend broadband internet connectivity in rural areas, improving access to services like telemedicine for 4.7 million veterans. The agreement was formalized in April and announced May 22. The partnership will help the VA provide more access to continuous care, …

Representative Derek Kilmer Introduces Broadband for All Act

Published by FiberOneNewsRadio on MAy 24, 2019 By Sean Wells  WASHINGTON, D.C. — Representative Derek Kilmer (WA-06) and Elise Stefanik (NY-21) reintroduced the Broadband for All Act Thursday, bipartisan legislation to create refundable tax credits for businesses and groups of people who team up to build the infrastructure that connects them to the country’s existing rural broadband service. “Too many rural communities are …

New Bill Would Improve Broadband Maps

The following was published by the American Farm Bureau Federation on May 22, 2019. Farm Bureau President, Zippy Duvall, recently joined Connected Nation’s board of directors partly because of our mission to bring broadband to all people in both rural and urban areas.  A recently introduced bill would enhance the accuracy of broadband coverage maps, a key step toward boosting …

Bill to connect rural areas to high-speed internet a “priority”

Published by WTOC on May 22, 2019 WASHINGTON, D.C. (WTOC) –U.S. Congressman Scott Tipton of Colorado says connecting more rural residents to high-speed broadband internet has been a priority on Capitol Hill. His latest bill wants to make sure the federal funds designated to expand broadband access are being managed correctly. Tipton says while funding might be available to help …

Washington invests $6 million in rural broadband access, clean energy infrastructure

Published by KIRO 7 on May 22, 2019 Washington state announced a $6 million investment Monday in rural broadband internet and clean energy infrastructure in six counties. The investment included $3.2 million in low-interest loans and $2.67 in grants for infrastructure projects that target rural broadband, business growth and job creation in Clallam, Kitsap, Mason, Whatcom and Yakima counties. It was …

Grayson County poised for a broadband expansion via new state law

Published by GoDanRiver.com on May 21, 2019 By: Amy Friedenberger INDEPENDENCE — About 75 percent of the people in Grayson County lack access to quality broadband. Even for some connected to broadband, their internet speed is so slow that people in the rural county jokingly describe it as “advanced dial-up.” The county set a goal three years ago to provide broadband …

House passes broadband access bill sponsored by Brooks

Published by CNHI News Indiana on May 21, 2019 By Ken de la Bastide ANDERSON – With more Americans than ever relying on the internet, the U.S. House has passed legislation to increase access to broadband services. The bipartisan legislation, authored by Rep. Susan Brooks, R-5th District and Rep. Paul Tonko, D-N.Y., would help expand broadband access in underserved areas and create …

Why We Need to Rethink How We View Charity

Bowling Green, KY. (May 21, 2019) – Nonprofit organizations impact our world in ways you might not even think about. Nonprofits provide public and societal benefits such as health and human services, education and research, caring for the environment and animals, and providing access to arts, humanities, and religion. Nonprofits ultimately seek to improve lives, yet many are undervalued, operating on …

Rural Missouri Celebrates Successful Legislative Session

Bowling Green, KY. (May 20, 2019) – Last week the Missouri legislation had a successful session that was very important to the states agriculture. Many bills were passed that supported big changes in rural communities. Governor Mike Parson and other state leaders biggest victory for family farmers was the passage of SB 391. This new law (SB 391) prevents counties from implementing …