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 …

Connected Nation Chairman Named to FCC Broadband Deployment Advisory Committee

Bowling Green, Ky. (May  20, 2019) – Tom Ferree, Chairman & CEO, Connected Nation, was named to the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) re-chartered Broadband Deployment Advisory Committee (BDAC). The committee’s mission will be to make recommendations on how to accelerate the deployment of high-speed internet access. “I’m honored to be named among the distinguished professionals who are taking part in …

Why Broadband Access Is More Than An Urban vs Rural Issue

Published by The Hill on May 13, 2019 By G.K. Butterfield  The Internet provides practically infinite economic and educational opportunities for users throughout the world. In our increasingly digital society, one’s ability to utilize the Internet bears greatly on their potential for individual success and upward mobility. Though high-speed Internet has propelled the 21stcentury economy forward, it hasn’t taken every …

Lack of rural broadband limits farmers

Published by Albany Herald on April 29th, 2019 By Clint Thompson TIFTON — Georgia farmers have technological advancements at their fingertips, but many are not able to use them to their fullest extent due to the lack of broadband internet access, according to Wes Porter, University of Georgia Cooperative Extension precision agriculture and irrigation specialist. “We’re creating all sorts of …

Senator Blunt says expansion of high-speed broadband essential to rural Missouri growth

Published by SJ Post on April 26th, 2019 By Brent Martin  U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt wants Congress to tackle expanding broadband access, especially to rural America. Blunt says high-speed Internet access can no longer be considered a luxury. “High-speed broadband, I believe, is as important today as the telephone was seven decades ago and we need to make the same …

USDA opens application portal for new ReConnect Rural Broadband Infrastructure Program

Published by Dairy Business on April 26th, 2019 Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is now accepting online applications for funding through the new ReConnect Rural Broadband Pilot Program. These funds will enable the federal government to partner with the private sector and rural communities to build modern broadband infrastructure in areas with …

Rural Broadband Funding: New Deadlines, Planning for Investment

Bowling Green, KY (April 25, 2019) – The USDA has extended the deadline for grant applications to its ReConnect Program. The program is focused on efforts that will expand broadband in rural America. The first round of applications are now due on May 31. In this first round of funding, USDA is making available at least $600 million in rural broadband projects, …

USDA Opens Application Portal for New ReConnect Rural Broadband Infrastructure Program

The following press release comes from the USDA It was published on April 23rd, 2019  WASHINGTON, April 23, 2019 – Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is now accepting online applications for funding through the new ReConnect Rural Broadband Pilot Program. These funds will enable the federal government to partner with the private …