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Rural Broadband Month: Smart-Living Communities
By Connected Nation
If the twentieth century was the transformative time for road infrastructure, electricity and telephone access, then the twenty-first century is the transformative time for broadband and broadband infrastructure.   The twentieth century’s divide between urban and rural communities mirror what we see today impacting our economic, education, and healthcare sectors. Today’s urban vs. rural digital divide is well defined and comes at a time when farmers have to do more with less as demand for their products increases. August is rural broadband month, and it is a good time to focus on solutions that expand broadband in rural areas. Smart cities are enabling urban areas to become more efficient through adoption of practices such as the Internet of Things (IoT). While smart farms are a reality today, many farms lack the necessary broadband infrastructure to integrate the necessary IoT to fully utilize smart machinery and precision farming. By expanding broadband to rural...
VIDEO: Rural Broadband Month – Digital Inclusion is a Must in Today’s World
By Jessica Denson
As part of Rural Broadband Month, RFD-TV, a broadcast group that focuses on rural affairs issues across the country, asked Connected Nation’s Director of Digital Inclusion, Heather Gate, to discuss why it’s so important to expand broadband access to rural areas in America. “Digital inclusion consists of activities and programs that are necessary for all individuals and communities, particularly the vulnerable individuals in our communities, to access affordable broadband service, to have access to digital skills training, and also to ensure that vulnerable populations have the skills necessary for them to adequately access tools and resources that are available in a digital world,” Gate said during the August 22 interview. Gate went on to explain that Connected Nation’s staff believes everyone belongs in a Connected Nation and that no person should be left on the wrong side of the Digital Divide, even if they live in rural areas. “That is...
Internet 101 Series: How Does The Internet Work?
By Connected Nation
The following is part of our "Internet 101 Series," intended to explain the basics and jargon that everyone should understand when it comes to broadband (high-speed internet) expansion.  Email, social media, movie streaming, e-books, news sites and a bevy of other online services are used every day with little consideration of the infrastructure that supports them. Unbeknownst to most users, a deep, multi-faceted network of hardware and software is constantly at work to power the internet. So, where does the information you put online go? And how does it come back to you? It Starts With YouWhen you ask Google a question, stream a movie on Netflix, find a page on Wikipedia, send a job application, or post on Facebook, your computer, smartphone, tablet, smartTV, or another device (an end-user device called a ‘client’) submits a request. This request, processed by a series of hardware tools and software protocols, is translated into groups of bytes called...
Rural Broadband Month: How Teleworking Can Help All Communities, Families
By Connected Nation
For five years, I commuted 90 miles per day, 450 miles per week, 21,600 miles per year, for a total of 108,000 miles. With an efficient car getting about 29 miles per gallon and an average fuel cost of $2.85 a day during those five years, I spent more than $10,000 on gas to get to and from work, (add an additional $1,500 for oil changes during those five years as well). If you’re adding that up, and I am, that’s $2,300 per year I wasn’t able to spend in my local community supporting small businesses, or saving for retirement, or putting toward the purchase of a home. My small firm had no teleworking policy and a mentality that if you weren’t at your desk, you weren’t working. Let’s examine this commute from a time perspective. The drive was fairly efficient with little traffic, and I was able to do the commute in approximately 105 minutes every day, round trip. During the five years, I spent more than 87 days in the car. That’s quite a few...