Low-earth orbit satellite broadband: The state of Starlink in 2022

Bowling Green, Kentucky (June 29, 2022) – Mid-Year LEO updates really come down to a discussion related to Starlink. Starlink’s competitors are estimated to be as much as 4-5 years behind. While there continue to be discussions about partnerships and launch dates, etc., we’re a long way from a commercial product. That said, let’s look at the state of Starlink …

New insight about state telehealth laws provides a clear path to further expansion—and better coverage for patients

By David Nunnally, Research Assistant Connected Nation  Bowling Green, Ky. (June 14, 2022) – The Center for Connected Health Policy released its spring 2022 report in May on state telehealth laws and Medicaid program policies. Among other things, the document tracks changes in Medicaid policy that states have enacted since fall 2021.  While the landscape remains largely the same, these advances …

Why are you staying? Exploring the Great Resignation

Columbus, Ohio (June 8, 2022) — The pandemic brought about significant changes, one of which was a mass exodus of the workforce, often referred to as The Great Resignation. Many people, at all career levels and positions, decided to leave the brick-and-mortar world behind. Personal or family illness, and the shift to online schooling for young children were among the …

NTIA shares new tool to help tribal leaders create unique broadband plans

Lansing, Michigan (June 2, 2022) – Earlier this month, the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) shared a new tool that will help Native American tribes design broadband strategies to address the technology challenges facing tribal lands. The Tribal Broadband Planning Toolkit is being released at a pivotal time, as the NTIA works to allocate approximately $2 billion in grants …

Sign up now for free digital skills training and remote job placement – The next class starts on June 15th

Fort Campbell, Kentucky (May 26, 2022) – Digital Works (DW), a program developed by national nonprofit Connected Nation (CN), is offering digital skill training and job placement assistance to KY residents and military spouses, veterans, veteran spouses, and active/transitioning soldiers living in the Fort Campbell area, includes part of Tennessee). Applications are now being accepted for the next class, which starts …

Closing the homework gap: New hotspots help connect university students across the country

Nashville, Tennessee (May 25, 2022) — This past year, Connected Nation and AT&T partnered to help bridge the Digital Divide and narrow the homework gap for vulnerable students across the country. As part of this $10 million dollar commitment, the Homework Gap program delivered 1,060 free mobile hotspots and 14 months of free AT&T wireless internet service to schools and …

Keeping kids connected: Connected Learning Program gives rural students a chance to learn outside the classroom

Marion, Kentucky (May 18, 2022) – As part of AT&T’s $10 million commitment to helping our nation’s most at-risk children, the company and national nonprofit Connected Nation (CN) partnered last year to deliver hotspots to 150 schools and nonprofits across the country, providing connectivity for more than 40,000 vulnerable students.  The Crittenden County School District, located in Marion, Ky., is …

The urban exodus: How broadband plays a role in the recent migration of remote workers

Portage Lakes, Ohio (May 12, 2022) – As the COVID-19 pandemic progressed, I was amazed by the growth of the remote workforce. Prior to the pandemic, less than 4% of workers in high-paying jobs (positions with an annual salary greater than $100,000) worked remotely. At the conclusion of 2021, the percentage of high-paying remote jobs grew more than 375% — …

Statement from Connected Nation Chairman and CEO Thomas W. Ferree on the Biden Administration’s Efforts to Reduce Broadband Costs

Washington, DC. (May 9, 2022) – Thomas W. Ferree, Chairman & CEO of Connected Nation, released the following statement regarding the Biden Administration’s announcement today regarding their efforts to make broadband more affordable for millions of Americans: “Today, President Biden and Vice President Harris announced commitments from the nation’s 20 leading service providers to make high-speed, high-quality internet plans available for …

Affordable and accessible broadband for all – even those who are aging

How one community in Michigan bridged the Digital Divide for one of its most underserved populations Pittsburg, Pennsylvania (May 9, 2022) – Affordable housing is available throughout the country for individuals, families, and senior citizens who meet the necessary income criteria for eligibility. Those who qualify are often considered to be in the low to moderate income range. According to …