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VIDEO: Rural Broadband Month - How Connected Nation Empowers Communities
By Jessica Denson
Rural Broadband Month took place throughout August. During that time, RFD-TV, a broadcast group that focuses on rural affairs issues across the country, asked Connected Nation (CN) to discuss several issues relating to broadband expansion among small towns and rural areas. RFD-TV asked CN’s Chairman and CEO, Tom Ferree, to help detail what can be done to connect more rural families and businesses. He discussed ways Connected Nation is helping to close the Digital Divide through the nonprofit’s work at all levels of government, including in some of the nation’s smallest communities and among its most vulnerable populations.  “To help inform state and federal policy, that’s rewarding, but where we really get our hands dirty is in those local communities,” Ferree said. “I would encourage your viewers to visit our website or Connect My Community which is another website where you can learn more about how we engage local communities and give...
Labor Day: The Modern American Worker
By Connected Nation
Labor Day is a time to appreciate and acknowledge the American worker for social and economic achievements. On Monday, September 4, workers across America will celebrate their hard work and job placement. Connected Nation’s Digital Works program will be celebrating as well. Digital Works has brought a network of employers with twenty-first century job positions into any neighborhood—identifying and preparing applicants for job placement in a solopreneur community that provides sustained support for continued success. Digital Works graduates will be celebrating their achievements this Labor Day. Graduate Faye Saldana (pictured left) said, “The job I received after my training has let me do more than I could have working at a brick and mortar job. I could be my husband’s support while he was in the hospital.” With a telework job, Saldana could care for her husband and still earn an income in the comfort of her home. She became the temporary provider for her...
Nearly 22 Million People Weigh-in on Net Neutrality
By Jessica Denson
Time is up. The comment period for consumers, politicians, businesses, constituents, and anyone else with an opinion about changing the Net Neutrality rules is over. It officially wrapped up Wednesday, August 30. The rules, put in place in 2015 by the Obama-era Federal Communications Commission (FCC), are meant to prevent internet service providers (ISPs) from adjusting the speeds of some companies, such as Netflix or Amazon Prime, by charging more for access to their content or slowing their speeds down. In essence, the Title II rules, as they’re called, were meant to keep internet speeds open and “neutral” and not allow internet providers to dictate access or charge more to have the same access as other groups. But, the new Chair of the FCC, Ajit Pai, believes the Title II rules are unnecessary and impede businesses. The Chairman made his case for ending Net Neutrality to NPR in July of this year saying the government should instead focus on “correcting...
Rural Broadband Month: Why It’s Your Problem, Too
By Jessica Denson
The Federal Communications Commission named August Rural Broadband Month. So what, right? You’ve got access to the internet and it’s maybe not perfect, but you’ve got a pretty good speed. Plus, having broadband (high-speed internet) is not really a right, so why be concerned? There are lots of reasons having broadband in rural areas, and underserved urban areas, is your problem, too. Our staff wrote a series of blogs for Rural Broadband Month explaining why everyone belongs in a Connected Nation. First, it’s about education. Ask yourself if you want the next generation of youth to be left out of educational opportunities that are rapidly moving from the classroom to an online environment. Those kids will grow up to be adults and when you’re retiring, they’ll be running for office, establishing businesses you’ll need, and filling healthcare jobs. It’s better for us all if they have access to the same education as others around the world....