The Connected Nation Blog: We're Thankful For You!

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

We're Thankful For You!

By Jessica Ditto, Director of Communications, Connected Nation

Our efforts to increase broadband access and adoption are not simply about wires and cable -- it's about helping change lives through the opportunities that broadband provides.  The digital divide in our country is keeping those opportunities out of the hands of many, but our work continues to bridge the gap.  Because of your support, we continue to bring broadband to more schools, businesses, and communities across the nation.  Today, we wanted to simply say how thankful we are for your support!

This month, we've been asking people to share their stories about why they're thankful for broadband.  The response we received has been overwhelming and we wanted to share with you a few of the touching stories of how broadband is improving the quality of life for people all over our country.

  • Dee W. said, "We are a home-school family, so using broadband Internet access has been very helpful for the kids' research on school projects.  My high school kids take dual enrollment classes online to get college credit, so having broadband was a must.  Before we had broadband they had to go to town for weekly class chats and online assignments - quite a hassle!  Now they can work from home.  And when my college kids come home they can access their college website and do work while home for the weekend."
  • Ronald M. said, "I treasure the times that my grandchildren come to me and say, 'papaw,'  If it were not for broadband, I would miss this precious time."
  • Pam C. said, "I'm so thankful to have broadband Internet, which allows me to Skype with my daughter who is in the Navy hundreds of miles away. It also allows me to keep in touch with my sisters and my grandkids and kids. It has definitely brought our family closer together. We also stay in touch via Facebook."

The stories continue to pour in from people who have benefited from broadband.  Your help and support bringing awareness to our efforts, and keeping up-to-date on our work is one of the biggest reasons why the broadband gap continues to close, and areas without access continue to dwindle.

From all of us at Connected Nation, we wish you a very safe and happy Thanksgiving and hope that you and your family have a very pleasant week!

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