FCC Releases Report & Order on Broadband Data Collection 

Washington, D.C. (July 18, 2019) –  On July 11, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) circulated a highly anticipated Report and Order and Second Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on the topic of broadband data collection and mapping, which will be considered for adoption at the FCC’s August 1st Open Meeting. The Report and Order (Order) establishes the “Digital Opportunity Data …

Bipartisan Collaboration on American Broadband Buildout Act of 2019

The following was published in the Opelika Observer on July 10, 2019  Last week, U.S. Sens. Doug Jones (D-Ala.) and Susan Collins (R-Maine) introduced the American Broadband Buildout Act of 2019 (ABBA), a bipartisan bill to ensure that rural Americans have access to broadband services at speeds they need to fully participate in modern society and economy by directing the …

POLICY BRIEF: FCC Proposes Cap to Universal Service Fund, Extends Comment Deadline 

Washington, D.C. (July 10, 2019) –  In May, the FCC released a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) to seek comment on establishing a cap on the Universal Service Fund (USF) and, most recently, extended the deadline for comments on the proposal. This NPRM could impact the E-Rate and Rural Health Care funds and has raised some questions. There is some disagreement among …

Rural Connectivity Necessary for Agriculture

The following published in DairyBusiness on July 8, 2019 Connectivity is needed in rural areas to make the best of use technology in agriculture The Forbes AgTech Summit in Salinas in June on “The Future of Food” showcased technology, innovation and ideas that will make agriculture more efficient, productive, profitable and safe. To make these advancements accessible to all Americans, broadband connectivity …

Getting Up-to-speed on Broadband Legislation

This quarter has seen a flurry of broadband legislation and programs aimed at increasing high-speed internet access and adoption across the country. Connected Nation’s (CN) policy team tracks these developments closely as the nonprofit works to get broadband deployed in even the most unserved of communities. Tom Ferree, CN’s Chairman & CEO, recently talked with RFD-TV about the work lawmakers …

VIDEO: Nebraska Rancher on Why Broadband Matters to Rural America

Honest Beef is a family-owned beef business located in the Sandhills of Nebraska. RFD-TV recently talked with owner Hannah Raudsepp about broadband’s (high-speed internet) impact on farmers and ranchers across the country. The station is focused on issues that impact the “rural and Western lifestyle” with a mission of connecting “city with country.” “Having [internet] access is so important for …

American Broadband Buildout Act Would Dedicate $5 Billion to Rural Broadband

The following was published in the telecompetitor on July 1, 2019 by Joan Engebretson The American Broadband Buildout Act, introduced by Senators Susan M. Collins and Doug Jones, would make $5 billion available to help bring broadband to rural areas where the service is not currently available and to support digital literacy and public awareness campaigns. The funding would come …

Building a Stronger Rural Texas: 2019 Texas Rural Challenge Conference Recap

Bowling Green, KY. (June 20, 2019) – On Monday June 18th, the Texas Rural Challenge held its 10th annual conference in New Braunfels, Texas. During this two-day event rural leaders, state and federal officers, and community members came together to explore new ideas and discuss economic development, community development, and rural issues in Texas. This conference had a combination of …

MOTRAN Conducting WiFi Study

Editor’s Note: Connected Texas, a local subsidiary of Connected Nation, is handling the collection of information for the broadband study referenced in the below story. If you live in the Midland-Odessa area, you can participate online by clicking here. The following was published in OA online on June 19, 2019 by Paul Wedding  The Midland-Odessa Transportation Alliance recently began its wi-fi study, …