State and local leaders just got more than $350 billion in federal funding. This is how it can help veterans, military spouses

Fort Campbell and Louisville, Kentucky (June 7, 2021) – Our nation’s leaders have an unprecedented opportunity to help veterans and military spouses in their states, counties and cities, but only if they act now. The Coronavirus State and Local Recovery Funds recently allocated $350 billion across states, territories and tribal governments to be used for COVID-related economic recovery activities. Before …

Connected Nation and M-1 Studios honored with Telly Award for work to improve understanding of telehealth

Bowling Green, Ky. (June 1, 2021) – Connected Nation (CN), in partnership with M-1 Studios, produced a series of Public Service Announcements to create a better understanding of how to use telehealth while protecting patient privacy and avoiding other pitfalls. The long-form version of those PSAs titled “All about telehealth in 7 minutes or less” was honored with a Bronze …

How a university, a nonprofit, and a mayor came together to connect some of Texas’ most rural southern counties

by Jessica Denson, Communications DirectorConnected Nation Victoria and Cuero, Texas (May 27, 2021) – The University of Houston-Victoria Center for Regional Collaboration (UHV-CRC) sits at the center of Victoria, Texas—a town of about 67,000 people. Three of the Lone Star State’s largest cities are exactly two hours away by car—San Antonio to the west, Austin to the northwest, and Houston …

From billions of dollars in new funding to mandatory minimum speeds, why NOW is an unprecedented time for broadband expansion in America

By Eric Frederick, Vice President, Community AffairsConnected Nation I recently looked up “how much is a billion?” It’s a difficult number to comprehend. The most common answer is that it’s a thousand million. Another answer is that a billion seconds is equivalent to 31 and a half years. It’s quite the sum. Now, try to imagine a billion times 365 …

POLICY BRIEF: FCC Adopts Final Rules for the Emergency Connectivity Fund

Washington, DC (May 14, 2021) – In response to the at-home connectivity inequities exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) unanimously adopted rules for the distribution of the Emergency Connectivity Fund (ECF) on May 10. In accordance with the rules, the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) will administrate the ECF Program separately from the E-rate program, yet …

Connected Nation applauds Emergency Broadband Benefit Program as it officially opens to US families, individuals

The FCC-administered program provides discounts on internet service and related equipment to eligible households Bowling Green, Ky. (May 12, 2021) – Today, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) officially opened enrollment for the Emergency Broadband Benefit Program (EBB Program) to qualifying applicants. “Millions of Americans are still struggling with everything from remote work to distance learning to telehealth simply because they …

Jack County committee seeks input for countywide plan to improve internet access and speeds for all

Residents, businesses, health care organizations, schools, and others asked to share details about internet access in their area Jack County, Texas (May 11, 2021) – The Jack County Broadband Committee just launched its work to develop a Technology Action Plan for the entire county. The Committee, which is made up of local stakeholders, is a working partnership with Connected Nation …

Texas should adopt a statewide comprehensive approach to tackling the Digital Divide

By Heather Gate, Vice President, Digital InclusionConnected Nation and CN Texas For most Texans, life without internet access is unimaginable. The internet has become embedded in every aspect of our daily lives—from streaming movies, working, running small businesses, attending virtual classrooms, and taking part in telehealth visits. It has become impossible to efficiently access economic opportunity and basic resources without …

Summit offers new insights about the future of telehealth, rural broadband in America

“This is the biggest opportunity to expand access to the internet since the internet was invented.” Virtual event (May 5, 2021) – Experts and industry insiders recently came together to discuss the ways the coronavirus pandemic is impacting the future of telehealth—and how it’s highlighted the need to expand and improve rural broadband. “Those companies that didn’t necessarily see themselves …

FCC announces start date of Emergency Broadband Benefit Program

EBB enrollment will open on May 12, 2021 The following press release was issued by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) on April 29, 2021 WASHINGTON, April 29, 2021—Today, FCC Acting Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel announced the start date of the Emergency Broadband Benefit Program. As of May 12, 2021, eligible households will be able to enroll in the Program to receive …