Connected Nation's Podcast

Connected Nation's Podcast

This is Connected Nation – a podcast focused on all things broadband. From closing the Digital Divide to simply improving your internet speeds, we talk technology topics that impact all of us, our families, and our communities.... Show More

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June 24, 2020 32 min

On this episode of Connected Nation, we talk with Martha Tedesco and Mary Lang who are with Assumption High School located in Louisville, Kentucky. Assumption is the largest Sisters of Mercy-sponsored Catholic high school in the Americas and one of the largest all-girls Catholic schools in the country. 

The school approached COVID-19 closures in some unique ways. Lang and Tedesco share how they leveraged tech to better facilitate c...

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Right now, millions of Americans are struggling. COVID-19 closures forced workers into their homes and students out of the classroom. And there’s a looming problem with that—many of these individuals and families do not have the critical internet access they need.
 
On this episode of Connected Nation, we talk with those behind a new project in northern Michigan that’s tackling this problem head on – and HERE’S THE REALLY GOOD NEWS ...

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June 12, 2020 41 min

This is Rural Technology Leaders (RTL), a special series produced through the Connected Nation Podcast. In this series, we focus on companies and individuals that are utilizing technology and connectivity in rural America.

In this edition of RTL, we talk with Nathan Stooke founder of WISPER ISP, a rural fixed wireless internet service provider in South Western Illinois. We discuss what it's like being a rural ISP, how they help ...

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On this episode of Connected Nation, we are focusing on legislation that can impact high-speed internet access in communities across the country – including yours. We talk with Lindsay Conrad, the Director of Public Policy for Connected Nation. 

She shares what state and federal lawmakers are doing both in response to the need for better internet connectivity for families, businesses, students, and others during AND after the corona...

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On today's podcast we talk with Melody Kerr—an elementary school teacher with 14 years of experience in the classroom. She has taught kindergarteners, first graders, and second graders and is a mother of two girls. Kerr shares her top 5 tips for parents trying to cope during the coronavirus shutdowns.

Also, learn what parents need to know and do to prepare their children for a new school year that may be all or partially virtual...

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Why is my internet not working properly? It's a question Ashley Hitt, the Director of GIS Services for Connected Nation, gets asked often. Often times it's NOT an issue wrong with the network or connection, but rather something in the equipment or setup that is causing internet issues and frustrations. 

On this episode of Connected Nation, Hitt shares her top 5 list of things you can check at home before calling your interne...

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On this edition of Connected Nation, we talk with Dr. Andrea Goldsmith, the first woman to be awarded the prestigious $100,000 Marconi Prize—dubbed the “Nobel Prize of Telecommunications.” We discuss how her pioneering work has helped improve cellular and Wifi technology enabling billions of consumers around the world to enjoy fast and reliable wireless service. Dr. Goldsmith also shares why NOW is the most exciting time in her 30-...

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This is Rural Technology Leaders (RTL), a special series produced through the Connected Nation Podcast. In this series, we focus on companies and individuals that are utilizing technology and connectivity in rural America.

In this edition of RTL, we talk with Joe Ben Bogle who is the Product Manager for Ag Connections, an Ag software company headquartered in Murray, Kentucky. Ag Connections is a subsidiary of Syngenta. We discuss ru...

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Many of us are working from  home, children are taking classes online, and with “social distancing” being enforced we’re all trying to connect in some way to those we know and love. But with that – there are increased risks. We talk with cybersecurity expert Connie Matthews about simple steps you can take to protect yourself and your family online. 

Matthews also provided several easy-to-download resources for you and your family. Y...

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We talk step-by-step COVID-19 Response Plans for communities (large and small) and states. Specifically, the focus is on what local and state leaders can do RIGHT NOW to connect more residents and businesses to the internet which provides access to the critical resources many of us need during this challenging time. 

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We talk with leaders in the Utah Education and Telehealth Network about the importance of understanding and tracking technology within our schools AND solutions for continuing education even during COVID-19 closures. Also, we tackle how all schools across the country can begin planning now for a world AFTER the pandemic ends--including a look at emerging tech that could connect us all. 

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How can you adjust to teleworking during COVID-19 or even land a remote job now that you really need it?  

We talk with Tammy Spring and Chris Pedersen of Digital Works about the demand for telework positions, how Digital Works is shifting to help more people get remote jobs, and what you can do to make working from home during COVID-19 easier on yourself and your loved ones. 


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March 25, 2020 23 min

We talk with Heather Gate, the Director of Digital Inclusion for Connected Nation about digital inclusion. Heather is responsible for strategy development and implementation of programs that impact Digital Inclusion for all people in all places. Heather also serves on the Federal Communications Commission’s Advisory Committee on Diversity and Digital Empowerment (ACDDE).

We discuss how this is impacting millions of kids, what’s bein...

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We talk with the authors of a groundbreaking telehealth study in Michigan– Eric Frederick, Executive Director of Connected Nation Michigan, and Chris McGovern, Director of Research, Connected Nation. It's a timely topic now as many of us are sequestered and local, state, and federal officials look at ways to slow the spread of coronavirus. 

Learn what each of us can do to leverage this resource, the concerns people have about th...

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