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Ohio’s Broadband Expansion Bills: A Call to Action for Ohioans
By Jessica Denson
Columbus, Ohio (October 16, 2017) – Bi-partisan legislation has been introduced in the Ohio Senate and the Ohio House of Representatives to expand broadband access in unserved areas of the Buckeye State. Both bills would provide funding to build out broadband access to more families and businesses across Ohio. It’s legislation Connect Ohio supports for its proactive approach to helping all Ohioans. “With this bill, we have the opportunity to level the playing field for rural Ohioans when it comes to vital broadband infrastructure. High speed broadband is the only way we can...
Connected Nation Applauds $200 Million Investment in STEM, Computer Science Education
By Jessica Denson
Bowling Green, Ky. (September 26, 2017) – President Trump announced yesterday a presidential memorandum to commit $200 million every year to public schools for K-12 computer science and STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) education. The funds would go directly to schools through the Department of Public Education. It’s an action that will have long-term effects. “The department will explore ways to add or increase computer science to existing K-12 and post-secondary education programs,” the president said. “Better STEM education also means higher...
Connected Nation’s Director of Digital Inclusion Selected for FCC’s Committee on Diversity and Digital Empowerment
By Jessica Denson
Heather Gate, Director of Digital Inclusion for Connected Nation, has been selected to serve on the Federal Communications Commission’s recently created Advisory Committee on Diversity and Digital Empowerment (ACDDE). Chairman Ajit Pai announced in April his plans to form the ACDDE in efforts to ensure that disadvantaged communities and businesses have access to the wide range of opportunities made possible by next generation networks.     Connected Nation (CN), a nonprofit based in Bowling Green, Kentucky, works with federal, state, and local leaders from across the...
How Broadband Access is Impacting Ohio
By Jessica Denson
Within the last two years there has been a decrease in the number of broadband subscribers in Ohio. In fact, 2.5 million Ohioans do not have broadband access at home, which impacts communities, families, and business prosperity. Connect Ohio, a state affiliate of Connected Nation, has been working to increase broadband access, adoption, and use across the state. In order to help close the Digital Divide and make home broadband service a reality for Ohioans, Connect Ohio conducted a series of residential telephone surveys to measure the current impact broadband has in the region. The data...