Why the FCC’s new National Broadband Map is important to your community

Louisville, Ky. and Nashville, Tenn. (November 30, 2022) – The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) released the updated National Broadband Map on Friday, November 18. This map is critical for determining how much each state receives of federal funding for expanding broadband access to unserved and underserved communities. Tom Ferree, Chairman & CEO, Connected Nation, recently spoke with RFD-TV, a national …

Castro County residents invited to participate in new broadband survey

Castro County, Texas (September 28, 2022) – The Castro County Broadband Committee, in partnership with Connected Nation Texas (CN Texas), have launched a local broadband engagement. The committee is asking residents to participate in a brief survey designed to assess the community’s internet needs and usage. This engagement is the first step toward improving broadband adoption and access throughout the …

Governor Abbott Reappoints Harris And Names Chair, Vice-Chair To Governor’s Broadband Development Council

The following press release was issued by the office of Gov. Greg Abbott on Friday, March 18 AUSTIN – Governor Greg Abbott has reappointed Jennifer Harris to the Governor’s Broadband Development Council for a term set to expire on August 31, 2024. Additionally, the Governor has named Marty Lucke as chair of the council and Harris as vice-chair. The council …

Connected Nation Texas Broadband Solutions Manager joins the panel “Rural Broadband and What is Means to You”

Abilene, TX (February 24, 2022) – Connected Nation Texas Broadband Solutions Manager, Sierra Sees, joined State Rep. Stan Lambert, Paul Beale from Taylor Telecom, and Terra New from West Central Texas COG on the “Rural Broadband and What it Means to You” panel at the Abilene Chamber of Commerce Farm Ranch and Wildlife Expo on Wednesday, February 23rd. “It’s always a …

This is what’s changing – and what isn’t – about the Emergency Broadband Benefit as it becomes the Affordable Connectivity Program

Discounts on internet service will decrease for most, but the hope is more low-income households will enroll Bowling Green, Kentucky (February 9, 2022) – The new, federal broadband discount program might prove that “less really is more” as it lowers individual household internet discounts but seeks to register even more people in need. The Emergency Broadband Benefit (EBB) program was …

Why having access to broadband and other tech is now a MUST HAVE for America’s farmers and ranchers

Sidney and Philo, Illinois – When you think of farming or ranching—the words “technology” or “broadband access” probably aren’t the first ones that come mind. “When you talk about farmers in particular. I think there’s an oversimplification of what that sector involves. We have a large history as a nation to be an agrarian nation, but that sector in particular …

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 …