Reflections on Digital Inclusion Week 2021 by Connected Nation’s VP of Digital Inclusion

It’s ok to have a new normal! What a great week! This year marked the sixth year of celebrating National Digital Inclusion Week. In case you missed it go to #DIW2021 or #DIW21 on Twitter to see all the great organizations, communities and digital inclusion practitioners that are working to empower vulnerable communities and individuals. Digital Inclusion week marks an …

Panelists announced for national conversation on the Digital Divide, free event to broadcast live from 3 US cities

20 years | 3 US cities | 1-of-a-kind event   Bowling Green, Ky. (October 7, 2021) – Connected Nation (CN) is marking 20 years of service in 2021 by hosting “A national conversation on the Digital Divide.” This one-of-a-kind, live event will take placeWednesday, November 17, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. (eastern). Registration is free at cn20.org. Panelists will …

The Digital Equity Act is bipartisan, actionable, and can help close the Digital Divide for the most vulnerable Americans

Bowling Green, Ky. (June 15, 2021) – Connected Nation applauds the hard work of Senators Patty Murray (D-WA), Rob Portman (R-OH), and Angus King (I-ME) to bring forth the Digital Equity Act which is squarely focused on expanding digital inclusion across the US. “Connected Nation is endorsing this Act because it seeks to help our nation’s most vulnerable populations finally …

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 …

Deadline extended as Texas Education Agency seeks multiple Internet Service Providers for Connect Texas Program

Austin, Texas (April 27, 2021) – The Region 4 Education Service Center (ESC) has extended the deadline for RFPs on behalf of the Texas Education Agency’s (TEA) Connect Texas Program.  The deadline has moved to Tuesday, May 18 to allow an additional two weeks for Internet Service Providers to submit their proposals for the project. “We are excited to see …

Newton County committee needs your input on work to improve high-speed internet access and use across county

Newton County, Texas (January 22, 2021) – The Newton County Broadband Committee just launched its work to develop a county-specific Technology Action Plan. The committee, in partnership with Connected Nation Texas (CN Texas), is looking at both immediate and long-term solutions for improving high-speed internet access, adoption, and use across the county.    “The importance of having reliable internet access …

Connected Nation names Vice President of Digital Inclusion to lead national push for digital equity

Surge in demand for high-speed internet access leaves families, kids, senior citizens, veterans on wrong side of Digital Divide Bowling Green, Ky. (January 5, 2021) – Connected Nation (CN), a national nonprofit working to close the Digital Divide, is taking action to more effectively respond to the increased need for digital equity across the country by naming Heather Gate as …

The Efforts to Close the Digital Divide for North Texas Students

The following story was published by NBC 5 in Dallas, Texas on July 30, 2020. The pandemic has pushed us further into the digital world. But not everyone was ready for it. When the shutdown began, Dr. Rebecca Good, superintendent of Legacy Preparatory Charter Academy, said nearly all of her 1,800 students needed computers. “Most of our parents are low …

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 …

Working to Expand Diversity and Digital Empowerment in America

Lexington, KY. (July 23, 2019) – Digital inclusion is a cornerstone of Connected Nation’s mission to bring broadband (high-speed internet) access to all people — no matter where they live or where they began. The nonprofit’s Director of Digital Inclusion, Heather Gate, has worked for the last 13 years to help ensure that minority groups, women and children, and other …