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Blog // Connect Alaska

TECH WEEK:Why Better Mapping is Critical to Getting Broadband Access to More People

By Jessica Denson

Connected Nation Testifies on Capitol Hill For nearly two decades, Connected Nation has worked to bring internet access to families and businesses in both rural and urban settings, and, as a result, was recently asked to testify before the House Subcommittee on Communications and Technology. That’s because the focus of the hearing was on “Defining and Mapping Broadband Coverage in America.” “We’ve got to have accurate maps,” Rep. Morgan Griffith (R-VA) said during the June 21 hearing. “I have professors outside of Virginia Tech who don’t have service at all. I have huge sections geographically that the FCC thinks it’s serving but that...

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USDA Grant Funds Rural Telemedicine and E-Learning

By Eric Frederick

 The USDA is making $19 million available to rural areas seeking to expand distance learning opportunities and telemedicine. The Distance Learning and Telemedicine (DLT) grant program gives schools, government groups, non-profits, businesses, and others the opportunity to obtain equipment and instruction that can benefit local students, teachers, doctors, and, most importantly, the community.  Nearly one fifth of America’s population resides in rural areas, as classified by the U.S. Census Bureau. These nearly 59.5 million people are spread over more than 90% of the nation’s land area, making it exceedingly difficult to concentrate...

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Fighting Cyber Attacks Nationally and Locally

By Connected Nation

As technology grows in importance and prevalence in business and in day-to-day activities, so do the risks involved in its use. Cyber attacks are becoming more common, more sophisticated, and more diverse, affecting entire industries and even countries collectively, all the way down to the individual user. Governments and law enforcement officials are now using the power of the Internet to fight its risks, by creating a more powerful security architecture and, most importantly, by keeping end users aware of the threats. Cyber attacks may range anywhere between annoying—such as email spam or viruses that create repetitive ads—to devastating,...

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Be sure to check out the latest report from the Consortium of Digital Learning

By James Dunn

Part of Connect Alaska's State Broadband Initiative included the work of the Association of Alaska School Boards Consortium for Digital Learning. During 2013-2015, the AASB Consortium for Digital Learning conducted 120 Broadband Strategies workshops, meetings, and training seminars in twelve geographically diverse Alaska communities that reached over 1,000 attendees. Many of these locations required air travel in small planes, many times in sub-zero weather, landing on gravel runways.  At the Broadband Strategies workshops, meetings, and training seminars, a variety of community representatives participated in learning about...

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