Bills signed by Gov. Abbott provide new approach to closing the Digital Divide across Texas

Published on: June 22, 2021

An estimated 877,000 Texans do not have access to broadband at home Austin, Texas (June 22, 2021) – Gov. Greg Abbott last week signed HB 5 and SB 507, along with several other broadband-related bills. Each measure establishes new approaches to expanding broadband (high-speed internet) access, adoption, and use across Texas. “Each piece of legislation tackles the need for better …

Michigan community releases findings and recommendations for improving internet access, speeds for entire county

Published on: April 8, 2021

More than 1,400 surveys completed across county provide key data points for new Technology Action Plan Midland County, Michigan (April 8, 2021) – The Midland County Broadband Committee just released its findings and recommendations for improving broadband (high-speed internet) access and speeds across the county. The Committee, working in partnership with Connected Nation Michigan (CN Michigan), collected data from 1,438 …

Comcast and Muckleshoot Indian Tribe announce broadband expansion

Published on: March 29, 2021

Comcast and Muckleshoot Indian Tribe Invest Nearly $3 Million to Expand Broadband Service to 600 Homes in and around the Tribe’s Community Campus The following news release was issued by Comcast West Division on March 29, 2021 Auburn, Washington  – Comcast and Muckleshoot Indian Tribe today announced expanded broadband service to 600 homes and businesses located on tribal and non-tribal …

County-by-county broadband maps show updated internet speeds, coverage areas for the entire state of Texas

Published on: December 18, 2020

315,000 households across Texas still lack access to federally recognized broadband speeds Austin, TX (December 18, 2020) – Connected Nation Texas (CN Texas) just published updated broadband coverage maps for all 254 counties in the state. This is the third update to these maps, which provide new observations and insights. “We must continue to improve and refine the data on …

Broadband providers were awarded over $360 million through RDOF to connect Texas homes and businesses. This is what that means for the state.

Published on: December 14, 2020

Austin, TX (December 14, 2020) – What is the RDOF?RDOF stands for the Rural Digital Opportunity Fund, which the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) created in 2019 to bring high-speed fixed broadband service to rural homes and small businesses where it does not exist. More than $20 billion was put into RDOF and will be awarded to broadband providers through a …

Milam County Broadband Committee Seeks Your Input to Improve Internet Access and Speeds Across County

Published on: December 8, 2020

Milam County, TX (December 8, 2020) – The Milam County Broadband Committee just launched a new initiative to help expand and improve high-speed internet access for all county residents, businesses, schools, healthcare facilities, and community organizations across the county.  “This year has proven difficult for all of us but especially so for those in our community who do not have adequate …

Sen. Perry: “Covid-19 closures have shown us, now more than ever, online communication is critical for businesses, families, schools, and vulnerable populations”

Published on: December 7, 2020

“Many of the counties I represent do not have a hospital or even a doctor, and broadband can help bridge the healthcare gap these rural residents face.“ Connected Nation Texas recently asked Sen. Charles Perry (R-Lubbock) and other lawmakers to share their thoughts on why expanding high-speed internet (broadband) to more Texas homes, businesses, and communities is important and explain …

Midland County committee works to assess and improve broadband access and use throughout the area

Published on: December 4, 2020

Residents, businesses, community organizations input needed to develop countywide technology action plan  Midland County, Mich. (December 4, 2020) – The Midland County Broadband Committee is right now working to develop a county-specific Technology Action Plan. The committee is made up of local stakeholders who are focused on finding solutions for improving internet connectivity countywide. “Broadband connectivity has long been a need in …

Cheboygan County Launches Program to Improve Local Internet Access and Speeds for Businesses, Homes

Published on: December 1, 2020

Cheboygan County, Mich. (December 1, 2020) – The Cheboygan County Economic Development Corporation (EDC), in partnership with Connected Nation Michigan (CN Michigan), just kicked off a Connected Community Engagement for the county.   The program will leverage input and data provided by county residents, businesses, community organizations, and others to identify problem areas and solutions for expanding high-speed internet (broadband) access.  …

Words of Advice: What the Winner of the Texas Broadband Hero Award Can Teach Us About Connecting More Communities

Published on: November 12, 2020

Connected Nation Texas (CN Texas) has virtually presented the Texas Broadband Hero Award to Teresa Burnett, the Executive Director of the Monahans Chamber of Commerce, for her work to expand broadband (high-speed internet) access, adoption, and use across parts of rural Texas. “The Texas Broadband Hero Award is reserved for someone who demonstrates the passion, commitment and determination to close …