Texas Works to Bridge Digital Divide as Students Return to Virtual Learning

The following was published by Spectrum News on September 11, 2020. TEXAS — While many Texas students have returned to school in person, some of the state’s largest school districts are still holding classes online.  While it may protect students and staff from COVID-19, the virtual model does not work for all families. What You Need To Know 17% of …

Rep. Clardy “Equal access is the right thing to do regardless of race, color, creed, religion, or geographic location.”

Connected Nation Texas recently asked Rep. Travis Clardy (R-Dist. 11) and other lawmakers to share their thoughts on why expanding high-speed internet to more Texas homes, businesses, and communities is important and explain what action is taking place at the state level to improve connectivity. Rep. Clardy joined us via Zoom to share why he believes access to broadband is …

The USDA Invests $46 Million in Rural Community Facilities in 16 States

New Schools, Health Clinics and Public Safety Equipment Will Benefit 363,000 People WASHINGTON, Aug. 24, 2020 – The Trump Administration today announced that the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) is investing $46 million to improve critical community facilities to benefit 363,000 rural residents (PDF, 169 KB) in 16 states. “Rural America relies on safe, modern community facilities to ensure access to essential …

Kansas grants ‘once-in-a-lifetime’ chance to boost broadband — if applicants win race against time

The following was published by the Kansan on August 30, 2020 Most rural hospitals have fallen on hard times — but not in Atchison. Atchison General Hospital has seen a growth in the number of patients it served in recent years, and the hospital has even been planning to grow, buying the assets of a shuttered facility in Horton. But …

Broadband Survey a Step Toward Connecting All Texans

The following was published by the DailyTrib.com on August 25, 2020 Amid a pandemic, high-speed internet at home has become a necessity for work and school, but many Burnet County residents still lack access. A simple, 10-minute survey could help connect every household. Connected Nation Texas, an independent organization committed to ensuring every Texan has broadband internet access, is surveying …

VIDEO: Enhanced Broadband Coverage Maps for Every Texas County Released, Give New Insights on Access

Austin, TX (August 13, 2020) – Connected Nation Texas (CN Texas) just released new broadband (high-speed internet) coverage maps that provide updated details on internet speeds and coverage for all 254 counties across the Lone Star State. The updated maps, which were initially released in January 2020, now include additional input from residents, businesses, and communities, as well as new, …

Tech Trends in a Pandemic World

Bowling Green, Ky (August 11, 2020) –In the second half of 2018, Connected Nation highlighted several technologies that had the potential to impact connectivity and how we use it. Now that we are halfway through 2020 and the impact of COVID-19 on the world and technology is starting to become much more apparent, let’s look back at those technologies and …

USDA Invests More Than $3 Million in High-Speed Broadband in Rural North Carolina

The following press release was published by the USDA on July 27, 2020. CARES Act ReConnect Funding to Connect 1,740 Rural Households to High-Speed Broadband WASHINGTON, July 27, 2020 – The Trump Administration today announced that the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) is investing more than $3 million to provide broadband service in unserved and underserved rural areas in North …

How Connected Nation Texas Is Working to Keep Rural Communities Online

Austin, TX (July 22, 2020) – The COVID-19 pandemic has created unprecedented challenges for Texans, but it has also opened the dialogue for a historic expansion of broadband service across the state. This crisis has made the need for statewide adoption more critical than ever, more urgent than ever, more visible than ever, more beneficial than ever, and therefore more …