Advisory Committee on Diversity and Digital Empowerment to Convene August 3 Workshop Examining The Role of Libraries on Broadband Adoption and Literacy

The following is a press release issued by the FCC on June 30, 2020 This Public Notice announces that the Digital Empowerment and Inclusion Working Group of the Advisory Committee on Diversity and Digital Empowerment (ACDDE) and the Media Bureau will host a  virtual workshop to examine the role of U.S. libraries as community hubs to drive digital adoption and …

$20.4 Billion Available for Rural Broadband Expansion, First Deadline Approaching for Providers to Apply

Lansing, MI. (July 6, 2020) – Internet Service Providers (ISPs) have less than two weeks to complete a short form application to qualify for Phase 1 of the Rural Digital Opportunity Fund (RDOF) auction.  The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) issued its call for short form applications on July 1; the deadline for those applications is Wednesday, July 15. “Up to …

FCC Announces Funding Increase in Rural Health Care Program For Funding Year 2020

Up to $197.98 Million in Unused Funds from Prior Funding Years Will Be Available to Support Rural Health Care Providers The following press release was published by the FCC on June 30, 2020. WASHINGTON, June 30, 2020—The Federal Communications Commission’s Wireline Competition Bureau today directed the Universal Service Administrative Company, which administers the FCC’s Rural Health Care Program, to carry …

FCC Announces Funding Increase in Rural Health Care Program For Funding Year 2020

Up to $197.98 Million in Unused Funds from Prior Funding Years Will Be Available to Support Rural Health Care Providers The following press release was published by the FCC on June 30, 2020. WASHINGTON, June 30, 2020—The Federal Communications Commission’s Wireline Competition Bureau today directed the Universal Service Administrative Company, which administers the FCC’s Rural Health Care Program, to carry …

Jasper County Takes Action to Expand High-Speed Internet Access to All Families, Schools, Businesses

Jasper County, TX (June 30, 2020) – The Jasper County Broadband Committee, in partnership with Connected Nation Texas (CN Texas), today launched a new effort to connect more families, businesses, farmers, schools, libraries, and other community organizations to broadband (high-speed internet).  “We need everyone across Jasper County to take part in community surveys so we can identify areas of need and …

Jasper County Takes Action to Expand High-Speed Internet Access to All Families, Schools, Businesses

Jasper County, TX (June 30, 2020) – The Jasper County Broadband Committee, in partnership with Connected Nation Texas (CN Texas), today launched a new effort to connect more families, businesses, farmers, schools, libraries, and other community organizations to broadband (high-speed internet).  “We need everyone across Jasper County to take part in community surveys so we can identify areas of need and …

USDA Highlights Accomplishments in Rural High-Speed Broadband Deployment Under American Broadband Initiative

The following was a press release issued by the USDA on June 25, 2020. Click here for the original release. June Progress Report Shows USDA Played Key Role in Connecting 430,000 Rural Americans, Improving Investment Data, and Cutting Red-Tape WASHINGTON, June 25, 2020 – Today, the U.S. Department of Agriculture joined its government partners to release a Progress Report (PDF, 337 KB) detailing …

USDA Invests $86 Million in Rural Broadband Service in Eight States Including Texas

The following was a press release issued by the USDA on June 24, 2020 WASHINGTON, June 24, 2020 – The Trump Administration today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is investing $86 million in rural broadband service(PDF, 110 KB) for 17,000 people and businesses in eight states. “Access to high-speed broadband internet, or e-Connectivity, is a cornerstone of prosperity anywhere, …

Connected Nation Names Vice President to Lead Connect K-12 Initiative

New initiative will help school districts increase internet capacity, secure better pricing Bowling Green, Ky. (June 22, 2020) – Connected Nation (CN) has named Emily Jordan as Vice President of its new Connect K-12 initiative, which aims to improve school connectivity nationally. Jordan will, among other things, lead the launch of a new online tool later this year that will …

FCC APPROVES ELEVENTH SET OF COVID-19 TELEHEALTH PROGRAM APPLICATIONS

The following is a press release issued by the Federal Communications Commission on June 17, 2020 WASHINGTON, June 17, 2020—The Federal Communications Commission’s Wireline Competition Bureau today approved an additional 62 funding applications for the COVID-19 Telehealth Program. Health care providers in both urban and rural areas of the country will use this $23.25 million in funding to provide telehealth …