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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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Inspirational Jubilee is Ready for Connected

By Jeremy Thacker

Education is proving the cornerstone of success for one very inspirational community near Dallas. The story of Jubilee Park has caught national attention. The once depressed and crime-ridden inner city neighborhood began a turnaround in 1997 that’s been nothing short of miraculous. What started with two Habitat For Humanity homes and some neighborhood cleanup projects grew into an entire movement backed by local leaders and a nonprofit organization. The community now boasts one of the top elementary schools in its district and has a new community center that serves as the service point for several programs aimed at supporting education,...

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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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