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Blog // Connect Alaska

One Year Later, Dozens of Communities Connected

By Connected Nation

This month marks one year since Charlevoix County, MI became the first Connected certified community in the country. We’ve commemorated the event in style by celebrating the country’s ninth Connected community – Van Wert County, OH. A rural county located on the southern edge of northwest Ohio’s rich agricultural region, Van Wert County has a large number of residents employed in the agricultural industry, and while the cost of living is low, the county has lost more than 5% of its population since 1990. With a shrinking populace, community leaders have been working harder than ever to do more with less. Led by Kim Brandt, Van Wert County’...

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Alaska Broadband Connectivity Grabs New FCC Attention

By Jeremy Thacker

The Federal Communications Commission is getting first-hand testimony about the importance of Internet connectivity in Alaska libraries and schools! FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai visited Barrow’s Tuzzy Consortium Library earlier this month where he was able to talk with the Barrow and Glennallen librarians via the OWL video network. Both librarians told the Commissioner about the importance of expanding broadband access across the state and the imperative impact e-rate is making in rural and remote Alaska. The Commissioner took a photo with Tuzzy’s Public Services Librarian, Erin Hollingsworth, to commemorate his visit to the top of the world. (...

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Commitments Announced for FCC’s Connect America Fund: Phase 1

By Connected Nation

On August 20, larger (“price cap”) local telephone companies began making commitments to the FCC to build out fixed broadband service to thousands of homes and businesses that do not have access to broadband service today. These commitments are part of the Phase I of the FCC’s Connect America Fund (CAF), which offers one-time, per-location payments to these providers to upgrade their networks. All told, more than 600,000 homes and businesses could see broadband network upgrades as a result of this program. Over the next few days, the FCC will review this information, compare it to the availability data on the National Broadband Map,...

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We're Celebrating Education Month At Connected Nation!

By Connected Nation

We're excited to announce the kick-off of Connected Nation’s Education Month. We’re working with partners across the nation on efforts and initiatives to connect more classrooms and bring better technology to students and educators. Recently, we launched our Edified program. The initiative seeks to increase the deployment of the latest mobile technology, robust wireless connectivity, education apps, and twenty-first century teaching practice in America’s K-12 schools, colleges, and universities. The Edified program builds partnerships with technology companies, education research organizations, broadband providers, and...

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