COVID-19 Response Plans for Connecting More Residents, Businesses at the State and Community Level

Bowling Green, Ky. (April 21, 2020) – Connected Nation (CN) is providing a new resource for state and community leaders that will help them identify immediate and simple solutions for connecting more residents and businesses during COVID-19 quarantines. “When local and state leaders began to implement shut down and ‘social distancing’ orders now nearly a month ago, we responded by …

Texas Had Laws That Were Barriers to Telemedicine. The Coronavirus Changed That.

The following was published KUT Radio on March 20, 2020 by Ashley Lopez Telemedicine laws in Texas got revamped this week as the coronavirus spreads through the state. Gov. Greg Abbott announced Tuesday he was waiving a slew of regulations that made it harder for doctors to treat people remotely, also known as telemedicine or telehealth. “As the State of Texas …

We Must Close the Digital Divide in the RGV to Keep Our Students Learning

The following opinion piece was published in the Rio Grande Guardian on April 4, 2020  As our nation grapples with the unprecedented COVID-19 crisis, school systems and higher education institutions are required to quickly adapt to online learning without knowing how long this will continue. This change is a challenge for many educators and learners under normal circumstances, but especially …

Policy Brief: FCC Extends E-Rate Deadlines Due to COVID-19

Washington, DC (April 2, 2020) – Yesterday, the FCC voted to adopt an Order extending E-Rate Program deadlines in light of the COVID-19 pandemic and its effect on schools and libraries across the country. The FCC stated that “to provide relief to E-Rate program participants affected by this unprecedented national pandemic, we temporarily waive and extend several E-Rate filing and …

USDA Extends ReConnect Application Deadline to April 15

The following press release is from the USDA on March 30, 2020. WASHINGTON, March 30, 2020 – U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Deputy Under Secretary for Rural Development Bette Brand today announced that USDA has extended the deadline for ReConnect Pilot Program applications to April 15. “In light of the COVID-19 National Emergency, USDA is extending the application deadline for …

Connecting America during the Coronavirus: Stimulus Bill Provides Some Funding to Expand Access

Washington, DC (March 26, 2020) – The Senate unanimously passed late last night a $2 trillion stimulus bill in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The House is set to vote on the bill Friday, March 27. This historic legislation provides funding for individuals, couples, and families. It also provides some relief for those who are working and learning from home …

COVID-19 Highlights Rural Broadband Need

Published by Texas Farm Bureau on March 23, 2020. With schools and offices throughout the country closed to stem the spread of COVID-19, access to rural broadband is critical as students and employees transition to online classrooms and teleworking. Unfortunately for many in rural America, an already troubling situation is being made worse by lack of the critical connections only …

FCC Acts to Support Telehealth & Remote Learning During Coronavirus

The following is a press release issued by the FCC on March 18, 2020  WASHINGTON (March 18, 2020)—The Federal Communications Commission today announced important changes to the Rural Health Care (RHC) and E-Rate programs that will make it easier for broadband providers to support telehealth and remote learning efforts during the coronavirus pandemic.  Specifically, the FCC’s Wireline Competition Bureau has …

Internet 101: Free Training Resources Offered by Connected Nation

Bowling Green, Ky. (March 17, 2020) – The White House and public health officials announced today changes to telehealth initiatives and recommendations in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.  Those changes include expanding Medicare immediately to cover telemedicine. Officials suggested patients call their doctor’s offices if they had questions about telehealth services offered by their physicians. The White House also …