How NTIA can best leverage its infrastructure bill programs to close the Digital Divide

Connected Nation makes recommendations to NTIA to maximize unprecedented federal investment in broadband expansion Washington, DC (February 9, 2022) – With the passage of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA)—also known as the “Infrastructure Bill”—last  November, Congress charged the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) with playing the leading role in closing America’s “Digital Divide” through partnerships with the …

Connected Nation Texas releases final county-by-county data on internet speeds, coverage areas for entire state

More than 575,000 Texas households don’t have speeds necessary for modern technology, accessing critical internet resources Austin, Texas (February 2, 2022) – Connected Nation Texas (CN Texas) has published the fifth — and final — scheduled update to its statewide broadband coverage maps. This release includes four maps detailing the various internet speeds available in each of the 254 counties …

Department of Commerce’s NTIA Publishes First ACCESS BROADBAND Report

The following press release was issued by the NTIA on Thursday, December 23 News Media Contact: NTIA, Office of Public Affairs, (202) 482-7002, press@ntia.gov WASHINGTON – The Department of Commerce’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) recently released the first ACCESS BROADBAND Report, which highlights the accomplishments of NTIA’s recently established Office of Internet Connectivity and Growth (OICG) over the past year. …

NTIA Awards Additional $1M in Grants to Tribal Groups Seeking to Expand Broadband

The following press release was issued by NTIA on Wednesday, December 22 News Media Contact: NTIA, Office of Public Affairs, (202) 482-7002, press@ntia.gov WASHINGTON – The Department of Commerce’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) announced today it has awarded two additional grants as part of the Tribal Broadband Connectivity Program. These grants, totaling nearly $1 million, are being awarded to …

Nacogdoches County releases broadband survey results, shares plan to expand and improve internet access

95.6% of households want improved or more options for service Nacogdoches County, Texas (December 15, 2021) – Slow speeds and unreliable connections are the top reasons Nacogdoches County residents and businesses are dissatisfied with their current internet service. That’s according to countywide survey results just released by the Nacogdoches County Broadband Committee in partnership with Connected Nation Texas (CN Texas). …

Texas school district to host live, student-run panel discussion during national conversation on Digital Divide

Fort Bend ISD will be one of three live locations across the country Sugar Land, Texas (October 27, 2021) – Fort Bend Independent School District (ISD) will host expert panelists during a live, national event taking place on Wednesday, November 17. Connected Nation (CN) is producing the free event titled “20 years of connecting the nation: a national conversation on …

USDA to Make Up to $1.15 Billion Available to Help People Living in Rural Communities Access High-Speed Internet

The following press release was issued by the U.S. Department of Agriculture on October 22, 2021. Department Also Invests $50 Million to Improve Access to Telemedicine, Distance Learning for 7.6 Million People in Rural Areas GENESEO, Ill., Oct. 22, 2021 – U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced a significant expansion of access to high-speed internet, health …

The Rural Digital Opportunity Fund: What’s up with the wait for Phase II?

Lansing, Michigan (September 24, 2021) – The Rural Digital Opportunity Fund (RDOF) provides a unique opportunity to expand access to fixed broadband and voice service to millions of unserved homes and small businesses in rural America. There’s one problem—a hold up when it comes to Phase II of the $20.4 billion program. “This comes up a lot when we’re talking …

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

Tyler County, Texas (February 10, 2021) – The Tyler County Broadband Committee launched today 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.    “We understand that everyone across Tyler County should have …

Ordinary people taking extraordinary measures to access the internet they need

“The internet should be looked at like a necessity—something we need, like electricity or water.” by Jessica Denson, Communications DirectorConnected Nation Milam County, Texas (January 26, 2021) – Jeremy and Courtney Renaud run the Bling Box Boutique, a small business tucked away in downtown Cameron, Texas. The town has just three stoplights and about 5,000 people. “It’s a very tiny …