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Rural Broadband Month: Why Taking A Break Matters Too
By Connected Nation
Lisa McCuiston previously worked as the Project Coordinator for Connect Ohio, a subsidiary of Connected Nation. She provided administrative project oversight for assigned projects which included managing workflows and timelines, verifying work quality, gathering documentation in support of projects, preparing reports, and coordinating internal and external events and meetings. Lisa wrote the following guest blog for Rural Broadband Month as a reminder that taking time off from technology is as important as having access to it. I would love to take a walk back in time when I never knew I always needed you—the internet and all of the connections to the wide world that you come with. Those were the days of walking down the path to the garden and actually smelling real flowers, instead of seeing them on my screensaver, and taking an actual ride on the tractor, instead of watching a YouTube video of someone else riding, and actually baking homemade cookies, instead of watching video...
Open for Business: Digital Works’ Partner Receives $750K Donation
By Jessica Denson
The Reeb Avenue Center was established to fulfill a noble and sometimes challenging goal: to transform lives through education, job training, and job growth. And, in late August, the center got some much-needed help to achieve that goal. The American Electric Power Foundation (AEP) contributed an additional $750,000 to the Reeb Avenue Center for a total of $900,000 in donations. The AEP Foundation was created in 2005 to “support and play an active, positive role in the communities where we live and work.” (The official donation ceremony is pictured left.)  It’s an important donation to a group that’s making a difference for vulnerable populations in Columbus, Ohio. The Reeb Avenue Center provides multiple resources under one roof for families and individuals. These include resources for community health, early childcare and education, and adult education and workforce development, including a facility for Connected Nation’s Digital Works program....
Rural Broadband Month: Why Accurate Mapping Matters
By Ashley Littell Hitt
While broadband data has been collected, analyzed, and filed with various federal agencies for several years now, there are unfortunately several challenges that exist with the collected information that continue to undermine a full understanding of the broadband landscape, especially in rural areas. Reliable broadband mapping is a matter of critical importance to residents, businesses, and community anchor institutions in areas where robust broadband is lacking, and any good map should give voice to those who find themselves on the other side of the digital divide by prioritizing the closing of those gaps. The FCC’s Form 477 filing requires broadband providers to report census blocks where they provide service. Unfortunately, if even one household in a given block is served, the entire block is considered as having service, resulting in a significant overstatement of availability. This is particularly problematic in rural areas where census blocks can be very large, with some...
Rural Broadband Month: U.S. Senator Takes Action to Connect More Families
By Jessica Denson
As part of Rural Broadband Month, RFD-TV, a broadcast group that focuses on rural affairs issues across the country, is focusing on the challenges and solutions to bringing broadband (high-speed internet) to more families, businesses, and farms across the U.S. These interviews are taking place throughout August, and on Thursday, August 24, RFD-TV talked with U.S. Senator Shelly Moore-Capito (R-WV), who has sponsored federal legislation to bring broadband to rural families and businesses. “If you look across the country, and certainly at a state like West Virginia and many of our rural areas, we are unserved or underserved,” Senator Capito said. “The statistics back that up. My state’s 48th in broadband deployment, and what I’ve learned in the course of my Capito Connect initiative, which is to connect rural America to broadband, is that this has implications across economies, agriculture, healthcare, education, tourism; it really holds people back and...