FCC Chairman Announces Plan to Launch $9 Billion 5G Fund for Rural America

The following is a press release issued by the FCC on December 4, 2019 5G Fund Would Replace Mobility Fund Phase II and Focus on Bringing the Most Advanced Wireless Services to Rural Areas WASHINGTON, December 4, 2019—Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai announced today that he intends to establish the 5G Fund, which would make up to $9 billion in …

How is Your Connection? Help Improve High-Speed Internet Access in Wharton County

Wharton County, TX (December 4, 2019) – Local leaders and stakeholders in Wharton County are taking action to improve high-speed internet (broadband) connections for residents, businesses, and others across the county. The Wharton County Broadband Committee, in partnership with Connected Nation Texas (CN Texas), has launched work to develop a county-wide Technology Action Plan. “Having reliable, affordable internet impacts everything …

New Report: Expanding Broadband, Digital Skills Critical to America’s Future

by Jessica Denson, Communications Director Connected Nation Louisville, Ky. (November 21, 2019) – The Benton Institute for Broadband & Society recently released a report that calls broadband (high-speed internet) “the most transformative technology of our generation.” It can grow the American economy, empower workers, and strengthen communities. “For many Americans, lack of broadband access means having less opportunity than their …

Report: Texas Home To More Rural Students Than Any Other State

The following report was published by Texas Public Radio on November 7, 2019 by Camille Phillips  While Texas is responsible for educating more rural students than any other state in the country — nearly 700,000 — it’s not doing as much for those students as most other states in two key areas. That’s according to a new report from the Rural Schools and …

FCC Authorizes Nearly $62 Million in Funding for Rural Broadband

The following press release was issued on October 10, 2019 by the FCC on its website. WASHINGTON —The Federal Communications Commission today authorized over $61.8 million in funding over the next decade to expand broadband to nearly 22,000 unserved rural homes and businesses in 14 states, representing the sixth wave of support from last year’s successful Connect America Fund Phase II …

Connected Nation’s Director of Digital Inclusion Named to FCC Advisory Committee on Diversity and Digital Empowerment

Washington, DC (October 17, 2019) – The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) announced in June that the Advisory Committee on Diversity and Digital Empowerment (ACDDE) would be re-chartered. For the second time, Heather Gate, Director of Digital Inclusion, Connected Nation, has just been named to serve on the committee. “I was happy to learn that FCC Chairman Ajit Pai decided to …

Study Reveals Ramifications of Limited Rural Broadband Service On American Farmers

The following release and study were published this week by the United Soybean Board. Click here to read the original post.  ST. LOUIS (October 9, 2019) — A new study commissioned by the United Soybean Board (USB) reveals the lack of access to broadband in rural areas takes a significant toll on American farmers and the economy. According to “Rural Broadband …

U.S. Department of Commerce Invests to Advance Broadband-Focused Disaster Resiliency Efforts In Jasper, Texas

The following is a press release published on the U.S. Economic Development Administration’s website on September 19, 2019  Contact: EDA Public Affairs Department, (202) 482-4085 September 19, 2019 WASHINGTON – Today, the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration (EDA) is awarding a $600,000 grant to the Deep East Texas Council of Governments, Jasper, Texas, to help complete an engineering …

Connected Nation Texas Names New State Program Director

Bowling Green, KY. (September 19, 2019) – Connected Nation is excited to announce that Jennifer Harris has joined our staff as the new Connected Nation Texas state program director. In this position, Harris will provide primary management and administrative project oversight and support for Connected Texas’s state strategy. Upon being hired at Connected Nation, Harris worked in the Texas state …