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12-14-17
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...
12-12-17
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-...
12-11-17
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. 
12-06-17
Gifting and Giving Made Easy With AmazonSmile: Support Connected Nation
By Rachel O'Morrow
It’s the holiday season and Christmas is right around the corner, which means it’s time to get started shopping for gifts. Shopping on Amazon is a simple and convenient way to purchase gifts for your family and friends without leaving the comfort of your home.Make an impact during this season of giving by purchasing your Amazon orders with AmazonSmile. It’s a simple way to support Connected Nation with each purchase—at no additional cost to you.   To shop using AmazonSmile simply go to smile.amazon.com from the web browser on your computer or mobile device, sign in with your Amazon account information, and select Connected Nation from the drop-down charity menu. The AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price from your eligible AmazonSmile purchases.   Thanks for your support to Connected Nation, and get started on that holiday shopping!