Connected Nation

Connected Nation

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. To learn more about our national nonprofit, head to connectednation.org.

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March 26, 2021 32 min

On this episode of Connected Nation, we talk with the founder of Teach Cyber which provides free cybersecurity curricula to educators across 13 states.
 
Learn how these resources are being developed for and leveraged in schools, why so many companies are right now struggling to find employees who are trained to protect their networks, and what each of us can do to improve our own “cybersecurity.”

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Teach Cyber website -...

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Right now,  millions of COVID-19 vaccinations are being given out across the country in hopes of finally ending the pandemic – but what role does access to technology, or lack of it, play in getting those shots to Americans? 

On this episode of Connected Nation, we talk with the Chief Medical Information Officer for Baptist Health about the challenges of vaccinating the public, how telehealth is being used in new ways in response to...

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On this episode of Connected Nation,  we’re focused on an alarming trend—women dropping out of the labor force at a higher rate than men.  It’s an issue that’s especially timely as we mark Women’s History Month in March. 

We talk with two women who are experts in workforce development and workplace issues about why we’re seeing this trend, how employers can use tech to help shift their approach to alleviate the problem – and explore...

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In March, we’re putting a spotlight on Women’s History Month and examining how women are shaping the world of technology around us.

On this episode of Connected Nation, our guest is  Dawn Yankeelov , the Executive Director and CEO of the Technology Association of Louisville Kentucky (TALK).  Learn how her role with the National Cyber Readiness Institute helps small businesses, what she's doing to encourage young women to engage...

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In March, we’re focusing on Women’s History Month and examining how women are shaping the world of technology around us.  On this episode of Connected Nation, we talk with two women who are leaders in the broadband space in the state of Ohio. 

Specifically, we’ll focus on what the state has been doing to improve cybersecurity policy—what’s also referred to as “cyber hygiene,” how this proactive work is empowering businesses and comm...

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On this episode of Connected Nation, our guest is the Lt. Governor of Michigan, Garlin Gilchrist II—the first African American to serve in that role.   The Lt. Governor has focused his career and time in public service on spearheading work for equality and justice while harnessing technology to solve real-world problems. 

Learn how the Lt. Governor approaches innovating change through technology, the role his Grandma Doris played y...

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Throughout February, we’re focusing on Black History Month and talking with those in the Black community who are creating positive impact through technology.
 
On this episode,  our guest is Heather Gate, Vice President of Digital Inclusion for Connected Nation. We’ll discuss the definition of digital equity and its impact on communities of colors AND learn about her  connection to Ambuya Mlambo, a revolutionary Zimbabwean children&...

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Throughout February, we're focusing on Black History Month and talking with those in the Black community who are creating positive change.  

On this episode of Connected Nation, our guest is Walter Woods, the CEO of the Humana Foundation—which works across multiple sectors to address social and economic barriers to better health outcomes - and invests millions of dollars to achieve that goal.  

Woods explains how the group approa...

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On this episode of Connected Nation, we talk with Ohio Lt. Governor Jon Husted who is also the founder and Director of InnovateOhio. Learn how the Lt. Gov. overcame common obstacles and naysayers to innovate state government through technology and what he considers the biggest example of "tech inequity" across the country.

Related links:
About InnovateOhio:
https://innovateohio.gov/wps/portal/gov/innovate/about

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Throughout February, Connected Nation is focusing on Black History Month and talking with those in the Black community who are creating positive impact and innovating in the world of technology. 

On this episode of Connected Nation, we talk with Sabrina Morton, who is a change manager at L3 Harris – a technology group that provides advanced defense and commercial technologies across air, land, sea, space, and cyber domains.   

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On this episode of Connected Nation,  we examine groundbreaking research that looks at Digital Isolation among older Americans.  We talk with those behind the report which found that 22 million U.S. seniors lack the high-speed internet access they need – and thanks to the pandemic – it’s a connectivity problem that this report shows has had devastating effects.
 
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About the Humana Foundation:
https://www.humanafoundation...

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On this episode of Connected Nation,  we talk with Superintendent and CEO of Butler Tech, Jon Graft, and State Program Director for Connected Nation Ohio, Tina Lyden.  Learn how Butler Tech is leveraging technology and local partnerships to expand internet connectivity to its students in unique ways. 

Plus, we discuss emerging careers in technology, examine an approach to education that's tailored to the individual, and  find ou...

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On this episode of Connected Nation, we talk with Texas Representative Charles “Doc” Anderson who was working to bring high-speed internet access to more people long before the pandemic highlighted its importance.
 
He shares his advice for leaders across the country on how to more effectively work toward expanding access and tells us how he believes it benefits rural communities, the agriculture industry, and healthcare options for...

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On this episode of Connected Nation, we talk with those behind a partnership that’s helping to connect thousands of people across Rhode Island who are stuck in the Digital Divide - in the midst of the pandemic.  
 
Also, we discuss a network of nonprofits that is quietly tackling research and education issues across the country AND explore the ways the pandemic has changed how library systems operate—perhaps forever. 

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On this edition of Connected Nation, we talk with those who are leading the AT&T K-12 homework gap program— which is focused on closing the at-home connectivity gap for at-risk students.  This program includes a $10 million commitment from AT&T.

We discuss which organizations are eligible for the program, how the application process works, and what’s being offered to help some of the most vulnerable students in the U.S. 

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December 4, 2020 13 min

On this episode of Connected Nation, we talk with Emily Jordan, the Vice President of Connect K12, which is a FREE, online resource focused on helping school district leaders and state decision makers improve classroom and school network internet connectivity.
 
This is a critical need—amplified by the pandemic— as teachers and students rely on these networks to learn virtually and in the classroom.  Learn how Connect K12 can help im...

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On this episode of Connected Nation, we talk with two members of the Texas Governor’s Broadband Development Council which recently released a report on the state of broadband connectivity across the Lone Star State.

We discuss the recommendations the Council made to the governor, what important data point members believe still need more study, and how the lessons from Texas could help other areas across the country tackle the need ...

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On this episode of Connected Nation, we talk with Jeb Bush, the former Governor of Florida, who in a recent opinion piece published by Slate pointed to high-speed internet (broadband) as “an imperative, not a luxury.”

We will explore how he believes the country can close the Digital Divide by taking a page out of history and looking at the success seen through a program during President Eisenhower’s administration.

“I see this as a...

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On this episode of Connected Nation, we talk with those behind a massive undertaking to connect more than 28,000 students with economic challenges to high-speed internet in a Tennessee school district– and they’re succeeding in the midst of the pandemic. 
 
Learn how this unique public-private partnership was developed—and how it is working to help thousands of kids who would otherwise be left without access to their remote classroom...

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On this episode of Connected Nation, we talk with two Ohio University students who have been working to improve connectivity across the Buckeye State. Learn what they’ve been doing to help expand internet access for families and communities—even during the pandemic. 

Learn more about Connected Nation Ohio by heading here: https://connectednation.org/ohio

About HB13 - which was mentioned in this podcast:
Click here to read about this b...

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