USDA begins accepting applications for $1.15 billion in loans and grants to help people living in rural communities get access to high-speed internet

Includes up to $350 million for grants in Tribal and socially vulnerable communities The following was issued by the USDA on November 24, 2021 WASHINGTON, Nov. 24, 2021 – U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced the Department has begun accepting applications for up to $1.15 billion in loans and grants to help people in rural areas get …

Oregon news station to host live, expert panel discussion during national conversation on Digital Divide

KGW will be one of three live locations across the country Portland, Oregon (November 3, 2021) – KGW, Portland’s NBC-affiliate and Emmy-winning tv station, 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 the Digital …

New data shows the top factor for choosing a home broadband provider is NOT cost

Rural Texas (November 1, 2021) – If you were to guess why people chose a particular Internet Service Provider (ISP) over another, you’d likely land on price. But recent Connected Nation Texas (CN Texas) research says otherwise. “We took data gathered from 4,410 households across multiple rural Texas communities in 2020 that reported having at least two choices for home …

Wichita County launching county-wide broadband engagement

Wichita County, Texas (October 29, 2021) – The Wichita County Broadband Committee invites local stakeholders, community residents, and media to attend a special kickoff event on Thursday, November 4th at 7:00pm to discuss expanding and improving broadband access, adoption, and use throughout the county. Attendees will learn more about broadband access in Wichita County, the Connected Communities program at Connected …

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 …

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 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 …

Houston County seeks solutions to broadband access, adoption, and use

Houston County, Texas (September 17, 2021) – Located 2 hours north of Houston, Texas, Houston County is getting ready to implement the Technology Action Plan developed for them by Connected Nation Texas (CN Texas). A broadband survey, which collected responses from 391 residential households, was conducted between January 2021 and May 2021. The purpose of the survey was to determine …

Survey data supports need for expanding broadband access and adoption in Jones County, Texas

Jones County, Texas (August 30, 2021) – Connected Nation Texas (CN Texas) recently presented Jones County with a technology action plan developed from data collected during a county-wide survey. Between February 2021 and May 2021, Jones County conducted a comprehensive survey of broadband technology access and adoption across the community that collected responses from 646 households in addition to over …