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Gigabit Nation


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Craig Settles, president of CJ Speaks (, and guests discuss business strategies for putting broadband networks and telehealth into place, as well as policy issues that affect community broadband and telehealth. Gigabit Nation’s mission is threefold: 1) inform listeners how to get meaningful broadband and telehealth into communities everywhere, 2) help communities increase broadband and telehealth adoption and 3) provide a vehicle for people to work together – and with organizations – to advance digital technologies.

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Today's Gigabit Nation helps you build winning partnerships for the long-haul. Whether it's a wireless infrastructure covering miles or digital inclusion projects involving anchors institutions, communities are best served by suppliers who... more

Gigabit Nation today explores how broadband can impact the Black Rural South. 38% of African Americans in this area lack broadband because the barriers to the technology are significant and deserve attention. Joint Center for Political and... more

Today's episode salutes those communities that have taken the reins of their broadband or digital inclusion efforts! When leading local pols are disinterested or the state or federal governments are too restrictive, that's when unofficial... more

The pandemic displayed for us the genius of telehealth - but also its Achilles' Heel. As millions of workers, students, and others went into lockdown, people everywhere from the comfort of their homes were able to see doctors. But over... more

Another $10 billion from the Treasury Department for broadband! But will urban broadband flourish as a result? It depends. Lobbying forces tend to swing to rural, so city leaders must insist on urban equity in government's broadband... more

NTIA's $285-million CMC pilot program provides grants to eligible Historically Black Colleges or Universities (HBCUs), Tribal Colleges or Universities (TCUs), and minority serving institutions (MSIs). NTIA is funding not only broadband for... more

$65 billion for broadband! Mission accomplished? Not hardly! You can't just throw money over the fence and declare victory over digital inequity. This session explores ways to make broadband legislation more effective for everyone, how... more

Currently there are 14 million people of color who cannot get telehealth while the FCC & USDA spends nearly $5 billion dollars/year to get telehealth & broadband for 4 million rural households. Where is the parity in funding? Where is the... more

11,944,370 urban residents have no access to telehealth but Federal agencies earmark billions for broadband and telehealth grants targeted to 3,829,802 rural communities. Urban communities want grant parity with rural. No broadband, no... more

Learn how Partners Healthcare, the City of Boston, and the state of Massachusetts created Boston Hope, a 1,000-bed field hospital with a telehealth-driven hybrid wired/wireless infrastructure – in just seven days!... more