Texas should adopt a statewide comprehensive approach to tackling the Digital Divide

Published on: May 6, 2021

By Heather Gate, Vice President, Digital InclusionConnected Nation and CN Texas For most Texans, life without internet access is unimaginable. The internet has become embedded in every aspect of our daily lives—from streaming movies, working, running small businesses, attending virtual classrooms, and taking part in telehealth visits. It has become impossible to efficiently access economic opportunity and basic resources without …

Summit offers new insights about the future of telehealth, rural broadband in America

Published on: May 5, 2021

“This is the biggest opportunity to expand access to the internet since the internet was invented.” Virtual event (May 5, 2021) – Experts and industry insiders recently came together to discuss the ways the coronavirus pandemic is impacting the future of telehealth—and how it’s highlighted the need to expand and improve rural broadband. “Those companies that didn’t necessarily see themselves …

FCC announces start date of Emergency Broadband Benefit Program

Published on: April 29, 2021

EBB enrollment will open on May 12, 2021 The following press release was issued by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) on April 29, 2021 WASHINGTON, April 29, 2021—Today, FCC Acting Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel announced the start date of the Emergency Broadband Benefit Program. As of May 12, 2021, eligible households will be able to enroll in the Program to receive …

Statement from Connected Nation Chairman & CEO Thomas W. Ferree on President Biden’s Address to Congress

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Washington, DC. (April 29, 2021) – Thomas W. Ferree, Chairman & CEO of Connected Nation, released the following statement regarding President Joe Biden’s address to a joint session of Congress last night: “We were heartened to hear President Biden reiterate his commitment to seeking $100 billion in his infrastructure plan to ensure that every American has access to robust broadband, …

Deadline extended as Texas Education Agency seeks multiple Internet Service Providers for Connect Texas Program

Published on: April 27, 2021

Austin, Texas (April 27, 2021) – The Region 4 Education Service Center (ESC) has extended the deadline for RFPs on behalf of the Texas Education Agency’s (TEA) Connect Texas Program.  The deadline has moved to Tuesday, May 18 to allow an additional two weeks for Internet Service Providers to submit their proposals for the project. “We are excited to see …

How America’s school districts can improve their internet connectivity for digital learning in every classroom, every day

Published on: April 21, 2021

47% of school districts nationwide, representing 15.4 million students, are meeting the FCC’s recommended bandwidth per student Washington, DC (April 21, 2021) – Less than half of America’s school districts are meeting the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) recommended bandwidth of 1 Mpbs per student. Just 47% of school districts are meeting that goal according to data published through Connected Nation’s …

Texas county asks businesses and residents to help shape plan for improving internet access and speeds

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Fill out the broadband survey to ensure your area’s challenges and opportunities are part of the planning process Hall County, Texas (April 21, 2021) – The Hall County Broadband Committee, which is made up of local stakeholders, launched its work to develop a county-specific Technology Action Plan. The committee, in partnership with Connected Nation Texas (CN Texas), is looking at …

FCC COVID-19 Telehealth Program application portal to open April 29

Published on: April 16, 2021

The following press release was issued by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) on April 15, 2021 Round 2 of Telehealth Program Will Provide an Additional $249 Million to Support Health Care Providers and Patients In All 50 States, DC, and Territories WASHINGTON, April 15, 2021—The Federal Communications Commission’s Wireline Competition Bureau will begin accepting applications for Round 2 of the …

Survey begins to expand internet access, broadband speed across Fisher county

Published on: April 14, 2021

Your input needed to develop technology action plan  Fisher County, TX. (April 14, 2021) – The Fisher County Broadband Committee launched work to develop a county-specific Technology Action Plan. The committee, which is partnering with Connected Nation Texas (CN Texas) to make the project possible, is made up of local stakeholders who are focused on finding solutions for improving internet …

Texas Education Agency looking to secure multiple Internet Service Providers for Connect Texas Program

Published on: April 13, 2021

“This program could be a game-changer for Texas students.” Austin, Texas (April 13, 2021) – Connected Nation Texas (CN Texas) applauds the efforts of the Texas Education Agency (TEA) to connect all Texas students in need. The Region 4 Education Service Center (ESC) just released an RFP on behalf of the Agency for TEA’s Connect Texas Program. “We are excited …