How Simple, Effective Partnerships are Connecting Rural Michiganders to the Internet

Published on: May 21, 2020

And it’s something every area could do by Jessica Denson, Communications DirectorConnected Nation Hancock, MI (May 21, 2020) – Michigan’s Copper Country sits at the uppermost part of the Upper Peninsula. It’s, simply put, as far north as you can drive in Michigan. For more than a century, the area was the world’s greatest producer of copper— earning it its …

Connected Nation Hits Major Milestone: Providing Vital Information at a Critical Time

Published on: May 14, 2020

Bowling Green, Ky (May 14, 2020) – Connected Nation (CN) hit a major milestone today that demonstrates the importance of its mission during this critical time. We’re not yet through the month of May, but the nonprofit’s digital engagement numbers on its website have surpassed the total audience for all of 2019. “This is significant because it shows that we …

Why the Challenges of Telehealth Are Not Just About Access

Published on: May 12, 2020

by Jessica Denson, Communications DirectorConnected Nation Louisville, KY and Yukon, OK (May 12, 2020) – “I have a cell phone but not one of those fancy smart phones, and I don’t have a computer with a camera so how did they expect me to do a doctor’s appointment like that?” That’s my dad, Jim Denson, on the phone railing about …

Don’t Bite the Hook: Email Phishing

Published on: May 6, 2020

This is the second in a series of guest blogs Connected Nation will be posting from CN alumni Dr. Michael Ramage. This series will focus on various facets of cybersecurity and things you can do to help protect your information in a connected world. Bowling Green, Ky (May 6, 2020) – COVID-19 is changing everything in our society, including the way …

EducationSuperHighway to Connect Students at Home

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Bowling Green, Ky (May 6, 2020) – Facilitating student learning during a pandemic can feel nearly impossible – especially for the millions of student households who lack an internet connection or a computer/tablet. The inability to connect to teachers and learning resources means students on the wrong side of the Digital Divide risk being left behind in these times of …

USDA Invests $23 Million in High-Speed Broadband in Rural New Mexico

Published on: May 5, 2020

New Opportunities for e-Connectivity for more than 2,200 New Mexico Households WASHINGTON, May 5, 2020 – U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today announced during a virtual press conference that USDA is investing $23 million for three recipients in New Mexico to provide broadband service in unserved and underserved rural areas. These investments are part of USDA’s round one investments made …

Improving Your Home’s Internet Security During COVID-19 and Beyond

Published on: May 4, 2020

Many of us are working from  home, children are taking classes online, and with “social distancing” being enforced we’re all trying to connect in some way to those we know and love. But with that – there are increased risks. In our latest edition of the Connected Nation podcast, we talk with cybersecurity expert Connie Matthews about simple steps you …

Director at Michigan Public Service Commission Honored with National Broadband Visionary Award

Published on: April 28, 2020

Lansing, MI (April 28, 2020) – Connected Nation (CN) honored Robin Ancona, Director, Telecommunications Division, Michigan Public Service Commission (MPSC) today with the 2020 Broadband Visionary Award. This prestigious national award recognizes individuals who demonstrate exceptional and innovative leadership in the application of broadband and related technologies. “Robin has worked tirelessly to find innovative solutions for connecting more families and …

USDA Reviewing Applications From 41 States to Expand Rural Broadband in Second Round of ReConnect Pilot Program

Published on: April 23, 2020

The following was a stakeholder announcement issued by the USDA on April 22, 2020 WASHINGTON, April 22, 2020 – U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Deputy Under Secretary Bette Brand today announced that USDA has received 172 applications requesting $1.57 billion in the second round of the ReConnect Pilot Program. The applications seek funding to provide or upgrade rural broadband serviceacross 41 …

COVID-19 Response Plans for Connecting More Residents, Businesses at the State and Community Level

Published on: April 21, 2020

Bowling Green, Ky. (April 21, 2020) – Connected Nation (CN) is providing a new resource for state and community leaders that will help them identify immediate and simple solutions for connecting more residents and businesses during COVID-19 quarantines. “When local and state leaders began to implement shut down and ‘social distancing’ orders now nearly a month ago, we responded by …