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 …

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 …

USDA Extends ReConnect Application Deadline to March 31

WASHINGTON, March 12, 2020 – Today, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Deputy Under Secretary for Rural Development Bette Brand announced USDA has extended the deadline (PDF, 245 KB) for ReConnect Pilot Program applications to March 31. “By extending the ReConnect Program application deadline, we are helping even more qualified organizations access the essential funding to make high-speed broadband connectivity a …

Connected Nation Praises Final Passage of the Broadband DATA Act, Commends Senate Commerce Chairman Wicker, House Energy & Commerce Chairman Pallone for their Leadership

Washington, DC (March 10, 2020) – Connected Nation (CN) praised the final passage of the Broadband DATA Act (S.1822) in the U.S. Senate today, after the bill cleared the House of Representatives by unanimous consent on March 3. The national nonprofit believes that progress toward closing the Digital Divide in the United States cannot be achieved without accurate and precise …

Bill to Improve Broadband Data Maps Clears Senate, Advances to President’s Desk

The following is a joint press release issued by U.S. Senators Roger Wicker (R-MS),  Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Gary Peters (D-MI), and John Thune (R-SD) on March 10, 2020  WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen. Roger Wicker, R-Miss., chairman of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, together with Sens. Gary Peters, D-Mich., John Thune, R-S.D., and Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., today released the following …

Healthcare From Anywhere: Groundbreaking Study Looks at the Impact of Telehealth in Rural America

Lansing, MI. (March 5, 2020) – Connected Nation (CN), through its state program Connected Nation Michigan (CN Michigan), today released a groundbreaking study that closely examines the use and perceptions of telehealth in rural areas with a focus on Michigan counties. Researchers found, among other things, the highest ratios in the country of patients per doctor, a lower-than-average life expectancy, …

Farmers, Ranchers Ask for Federal Support in Infrastructure Improvements

Published by KXXV, ABC 25 on February 28, 2020. Written by Maggie Lohmiller LAMPASAS, Texas — The Texas Farm Bureau is hopeful lawmakers will get to work on legislation that would authorize spending on infrastructure improvements. This includes ensuring rural roads and bridges are able to handle equipment, broadband and maintaining competitive advantage in exports. “Right now the priority for …

Connected Nation Staff Takes Part in State Broadband Leaders Summit

Washington, DC (March 4, 2020) – Last month Connected Nation staff members Eric Frederick, VP Community Affairs, Tina Lyden, Ohio State Director, and Jennifer Harris, Texas State Director, attended the State Broadband Leaders Summit in Washington DC. They exchanged ideas with leaders from other states and attended the unveiling of Pew’s Promising Practices report on broadband activities at the state …

USDA Grant Could Help Hundreds in Rural Walker County Get Broadband

The following story was published in The Huntsville Item on February 28, 2020 by Joseph Brown A proposal by the U.S. Department of Agriculture to provide $19 million for rural broadband could help almost 7,000 rural households, 46 farms, 32 pre-subscribed businesses, 19 critical community facilities and 15 educational facilities in Texas, A large portion of the grant will be …

Rural Broadband in Texas: Your Help Needed to Improve Statistics and Maps

 Austin, TX (February 27, 2020) – Connected Nation Texas (CN Texas) has now released new broadband availability statistics alongside the recently updated broadband (high-speed internet) coverage maps. These statistics show how broadband access varies across the state at various speed combinations. To ensure this information is more accurate CN Texas is asking you to provide feedback. “Having broadband access is …