Built for Speed
Monday, October 19, 2015
Over the past several decades, many rural communities have experienced economic recession without recovery, family and youth outmigration, job loss and disinvestment. In the 21st century, the elements underlying a community (economic activity, healthcare, education, delivery of government services, etc.) provide new opportunities, new life, and new meaning through broadband and related technologies. These elements contribute significantly to the wellbeing of a place, and with access to high-speed infrastructure, meaningful adoption, and innovative and efficient use, any rural community can compete with any urban or suburban locale. Improved broadband access, adoption and use can help rural places stabilize, sustain and transform themselves.
The Connected Community Engagement Program (Connected) from Connected Nation (CN) helps rural places build a case for infrastructure expansion, while escalating the adoption and use of technology in key sectors through a comprehensive, facilitated local technology planning program.
Connected provides a roadmap for communities looking to expand their Internet capabilities, assisting with surveys, mapping broadband service, planning and stakeholder gathering, communicating with Internet Service Providers (ISPs), and implementing action items needed to improve broadband access, adoption, and use. Using assessment criteria based on national standards and best practices, the Connected program helps cities and counties quantify their technology resources and build a plan for expansion as a Connected Certified Community.
As of summer 2015 CN has engaged over 300 communities across seven states. These communities represent over 250,000 businesses, 4.4 million households, and 12 million residents.