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Blog // Connected Tennessee

Updated: Telcos Make Broadband Deployment Commitments to FCC

By Tom Koutsky

Updated: Read the CN Policy Brief on the Connect America Fund Phase I filings Continue reading CAF Phase I filing story, original posted July 24, 2012: Today, several of the larger telephone companies made multi-million dollar commitments to the FCC to deploy broadband in currently unserved areas of the country.  These providers will build out broadband to these areas over the next three years, in exchange for a one-time payment of $775 per location from the FCC’s new Connect America Fund. Frontier, CenturyLink, Windstream, FairPoint, Consolidated, ACS, and other providers made detailed filings before the FCC today. ...

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Connected Tennessee’s Study on Smartphone Use among Minorities Yields Surprising Results

By CTN Staff

High-speed broadband Internet has become a basic requirement for social and economic inclusion, increasing the cost of digital exclusion for the nearly 1.8 million Tennessee adults without access to broadband. However, according to Connected Tennessee’s new report, advances in mobile broadband technology are making Internet access more affordable and relevant to Tennessee’s minority population. Smartphone Use among Tennessee’s Minorities: Digital Bridge or New Divide? shows that while minorities in Tennessee are significantly less likely to own a computer or subscribe to home broadband service, advances in mobile broadband technology are...

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The Great Rural America Paradox

By Connected Nation

When you think of rural America, do you see scenic settings and strong communities that are growing because of the small town support structures of family, friends, and neighbors? Across our nation, people look to rural living as a throwback to simpler times, but unfortunately the idealized version of rural America that we've created in our minds is often quite different than the reality. Rural America is struggling economically, and in many places, stands on the wrong side of the digital divide. Bob Stallman, President of the American Farm Bureau and member of the Connected Nation board, has addressed the problem in a recent article he...

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Connected Tennessee's Computers 4 Kids Program Successfully Wraps Second Year of BTOP Distributions

By Mandy Hale

Two weeks ago, Connected Tennessee's Computers 4 Kids (C4K) program held its last celebration event of the summer in Cookeville, wrapping another successful phase of the BTOP-funded program that has reached all 95 counties in Tennessee over the past two years. From the far northeast corner to the far western tip of the state, C4K distributed 700 computers to foster youth across the state this summer. The computers were awarded to youth who have successfully earned their diploma or or GED and are "phasing out" of the DCS program. "We are so thrilled to be able to play a small part in launching these youth into their futures, whether...

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