High-Tech Cockpit: The Modernization of U.S. Farms

Bowling Green, Ky (July 14, 2020) – Today is the day! You’ve done all you can to prepare. You’ve put in long hours studying and adjusting your plans, monitored progress, and prepared your equipment. There is excitement and anxiety. To start on this mission is really only the beginning; there will be long monotonous days, hours upon hours staring at the …

Healthcare From Anywhere: Understanding Telehealth Innovations During the Pandemic

Lansing, MI. (July 13, 2020) – Connected Nation (CN), through its state program Connected Nation Michigan (CN Michigan), is hosting a series of free webinars focused on telehealth usage and advances for patients and doctors and how the technology is impacting the healthcare industry as a whole. “The coronavirus pandemic has made telehealth a necessity and household term. As a …

How’s Your Connection: San Augustine County Launches New Effort to Expand High-Speed Internet Access

San Augustine County, TX (July 9, 2020) – The San Augustine County Broadband Committee, in partnership with Connected Nation Texas (CN Texas), this morning launched a local Connected Community Engagement Program. This program will help identify the challenges and opportunities for connecting more families, businesses, farmers, schools, libraries, and other community organizations to better access broadband (high-speed internet). As part …

Ohio Senators Back Legislation To Expand Broadband Internet Access

The following was published by WOSU Radio on July 7, 2020 Ohio’s U.S. Senators are calling on Congress to expand broadband around the country, noting the growing importance the internet has played during the COVID-19 pandemic. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) and Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio) are backing a piece of legislation that would build-up internet access in underserved areas like …

Advisory Committee on Diversity and Digital Empowerment to Convene August 3 Workshop Examining The Role of Libraries on Broadband Adoption and Literacy

The following is a press release issued by the FCC on June 30, 2020 This Public Notice announces that the Digital Empowerment and Inclusion Working Group of the Advisory Committee on Diversity and Digital Empowerment (ACDDE) and the Media Bureau will host a  virtual workshop to examine the role of U.S. libraries as community hubs to drive digital adoption and …

$20.4 Billion Available for Rural Broadband Expansion, First Deadline Approaching for Providers to Apply

Lansing, MI. (July 6, 2020) – Internet Service Providers (ISPs) have less than two weeks to complete a short form application to qualify for Phase 1 of the Rural Digital Opportunity Fund (RDOF) auction.  The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) issued its call for short form applications on July 1; the deadline for those applications is Wednesday, July 15. “Up to …

Klobuchar, Clyburn Introduce Comprehensive Broadband Infrastructure Legislation to Expand Access to Affordable High-Speed Internet

Senate bill follows introduction in the House of Representatives led by Majority Whip James Clyburn and the Rural Broadband Task Force. The following press release was published on Sen. Amy Klobuchar’s website on July 1, 2020. WASHINGTON — Today U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), co-chair of the Senate Broadband Caucus, introduced comprehensive broadband infrastructure legislation to expand access to affordable …

FCC Announces Funding Increase in Rural Health Care Program For Funding Year 2020

Up to $197.98 Million in Unused Funds from Prior Funding Years Will Be Available to Support Rural Health Care Providers The following press release was published by the FCC on June 30, 2020. WASHINGTON, June 30, 2020—The Federal Communications Commission’s Wireline Competition Bureau today directed the Universal Service Administrative Company, which administers the FCC’s Rural Health Care Program, to carry …

The Importance of Digital Food Markets

Bowling Green, Ky (June 30) – For most Americans, nearly any food product imaginable is conveniently available just a short trip down the road. We rarely think about what it took to get basic vegetables or exotic fruits to the stand for our weekly selections. And most of us don’t recognize that what we see on those stands is only …