Connected Nation Texas releases new county-by-county data on internet speeds, coverage areas for entire state

286,908 households across Texas still lack access to federally recognized broadband speeds Austin, TX (August 10, 2021) – Connected Nation Texas (CN Texas) just published updated broadband coverage maps for all 254 counties in the state. This fourth update provides a clearer picture and new insights about access to high-speed internet in Texas. “This updated data comes at a critical …

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

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 …

Connected Nation Texas’ State Program Director testifies before state lawmakers on bill to expand broadband services

State-level broadband best practices identified, shared with state House and Senate members Austin, Texas (March 24, 2021) – State Senators are considering a bipartisan bill “relating to the expansion of broadband services to certain areas.” Senate Bill 5 was joint-authored by Senators Robert Nichols (R-Jacksonville), Kelly Hancock (R-North Richland Hills), Charles Perry (R-Lubbock), and Royce West (D-Dallas). Members of the …

Connected Nation Staff Takes Part in State Broadband Leaders Summit

Washington, DC (March 4, 2020) – Last month Connected Nation staff members Eric Frederick, VP Community Affairs, Tina Lyden, Ohio State Director, and Jennifer Harris, Texas State Director, attended the State Broadband Leaders Summit in Washington DC. They exchanged ideas with leaders from other states and attended the unveiling of Pew’s Promising Practices report on broadband activities at the state …

Connected Nation Texas Broadband Maps: Why, How, and What Can We Learn

Austin, TX. (February 19, 2020) – Statewide broadband maps were released for Texas in January of this year for the first time since 2014. Maps were also released for all 254 counties. There are four different static versions of these maps – at four different speed tiers of 10 Mbps download/1 Mbps upload, 25 Mbps download/3 Mbps upload (the minimum thresholds …

Governor Abbott Appoints Fifteen To Governor’s Broadband Development Council

The following was issued on January 10, 2020 by Gov. Greg Abbott’s office. Jennifer Harris, State Program Director, Connected Nation Texas is among those newly appointed to this council. Congratulations to her, and we’re excited to work with the Governor’s office to help more Texas communities and families. Austin, TX (January 10, 2020) – Governor Greg Abbott has appointed Juli …

Funding Secured: Connected Nation Texas Searching for Communities That Want to Improve Their Internet Access

Austin, TX (December 9, 2019) – Connected Nation Texas (CN Texas) recently launched its more than two-year program to connect and support the 1.45 million rural Texans who do not have access to high-speed (broadband) internet. As part of that work, CN Texas is looking for nearly two-dozen communities that would like to develop a Technology Action Plan to improve …

Identifying Broadband Needs in Rural Texas

San Angelo, TX (November 6, 2019) – Last week, Jennifer Harris, Connected Nation Texas State Program Director, attended the 26th Annual Texas Midwest Community Network Conference in San Angelo, Texas. Harris was chosen to give a special address focused on identifying broadband (high-speed internet) needs and connecting Texas communities. The Texas Midwest Community Network (TMCN) is a non-profit organization that …

Rebuilding Texas: How New Resources Are Connecting Rural Communities

Houston, TX (October 30, 2019) – Connected Nation Texas (CN Texas) is focused on connecting underserved communities across rural areas of the state. Last week, Jennifer Harris, State Program Director for Connected Nation Texas, participated in the Bring Back Main Street “Downtown Revitalization Summit for Rural and Small Towns” event in Houston Texas. The Bringing Back Main Street initiative offers local …

The Cost of Being Disconnected

Austin, TX (October 3, 2019) – Last week, Connected Nation Staff members headed to Austin, Texas, for the 2019 Texas Tribune Festival. This festival is one of the nation’s largest political gatherings, with over 8,300 people in attendance to discuss politics and policies that affect our communities, schools, work, and everyday lives. Connected Nation Texas State Program Director Jennifer Harris …