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President Signs Executive Order to Expedite Expansion of Rural Broadband
By Jessica Denson
President Trump put into place new rules Monday that Connected Nation believes is good for development in rural America. The President signed an executive order and a presidential memorandum that remove some of the barriers that stand in the way of broadband (high-speed internet) expansion.  Reading from the executive order, Trump said this is the first step to "streamlining and expediting requests to locate broadband facilities in rural America.”    The President addressed the American Farm Bureau Convention in Nashville, Tennessee, just before signing the documents and announced the findings of his Agriculture and Rural Prosperity Task Force, formed in April of 2017 and chaired by Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue, to assess the needs of rural America. “I commissioned a task force to meet with farmers and local communities to find the greatest barriers to rural prosperity,” Trump said. “Today, this task force is releasing its final...
34 Million Americans Are Without Broadband Access: Can We Connect Them?
By Jessica Denson
Because of my mother's health, I will become her caregiver. Having high-speed internet will allow me to work from home. Lack of high-speed internet in our area poses a significant and growing hurdle to our ability to do business and maximize my children's educational experience. Small towns are falling behind in internet capacity. This makes it more difficult for young people to stay as the world becomes more connected. My family and I are tired of going to McDonald's to check our e-mails. The above are just some of the hundreds of comments Connected Nation has received in the more than 350 communities it’s worked in to improve broadband internet access. “The reality is that about 10% of the U.S. population does not have access,” said Chris Pedersen (pictured right), VP of Planning and Development for Connected Nation. “But when you look closer at the numbers, you’ll find that 39% of the people in rural communities do not have access, so that...
How this Broadband Bill Could Impact Health Care, Education, Your Job
By Jessica Denson
Nearly a dozen representatives from Ohio universities and economic groups voiced their support for House Bill 378 through written and oral testimony submitted to the Ohio House Finance Committee. Among those sharing the reasons this bill matters, Connect Ohio’s Executive Director Stuart Johnson (pictured right). “Broadband is a vital lifeline to participate in society and an infrastructure that is quickly becoming just as critical as our roads, bridges, water and electricity,” Johnson told committee members during his Dec. 12 testimony. “Yet, 300,000 households in rural Ohio have no broadband access.” House Bill 378 is a bipartisan effort, introduced by state Rep. Ryan Smith (R-Bidwell) and stat Rep. Jack Cera (D-Bellaire). If the bill passes, it would create a $50 million-per-year grant program using existing funding from Ohio Third Frontier bond revenues. The funds would be used to construct broadband infrastructure in areas of Ohio unserved by high-...
Happy Holidays from Connected Nation!
By Jessica Denson
  All of us at Connected Nation want to wish you and yours a very happy holiday season.  Thank you for your continued support in helping to improve lives through broadband!  Everyone belongs in a Connected Nation.