U.S. Department of Commerce Invests to Advance Broadband-Focused Disaster Resiliency Efforts In Jasper, Texas

The following is a press release published on the U.S. Economic Development Administration’s website on September 19, 2019  Contact: EDA Public Affairs Department, (202) 482-4085 September 19, 2019 WASHINGTON – Today, the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration (EDA) is awarding a $600,000 grant to the Deep East Texas Council of Governments, Jasper, Texas, to help complete an engineering …

‘San Antonio, Midland, Austin, McCamey—people are tired of waiting for broadband’

by Jessica Denson, Director of Communications Connected Nation McCamey, TX (September 19, 2019) – Clayton Walker knows the Texas landscape well. For years, he’s been doing some of the heavy lifting that’s needed to expand broadband across the Lone Star State. “It takes me and my crews about one day to put about a mile of aerial fiber up and …

State Legislation Update: The Latest in Broadband

Bowling Green, KY (August 6, 2019) – Staying up-to-date on what is happening in your state legislature is important, especially when it comes to rural broadband. Broadband affects the economy, growth of organizations and businesses, education and much more. Connected Nation is on top of what’s happening with broadband in your state. Texas  Over the last two months, big improvements in broadband funding …

Texas Counties Getting Federal Broadband-Access Money

The following story was published by Waco Tribune-Herald on July 24,2019 by Mike Copeland  Robert Fleming raises cattle, wheat and corn in four Central Texas counties. He calls himself a Facebook maniac and said he cherishes his smartphone nearly as much as a summertime rain. Like many in flyover country, he has invited technology to pull up a chair. He …

Texas Community Begins WiFi Study in Partnership with Connected Nation

Editor’s Note: Connected Texas, a local subsidiary of Connected Nation, is handling the collection of information for the broadband study referenced in the below story. If you live in the Midland-Odessa area, you can participate online by clicking here. The following was published in OA online on June 19, 2019 by Paul Wedding  The Midland-Odessa Transportation Alliance recently began its wi-fi study, …

Building a Stronger Rural Texas: 2019 Texas Rural Challenge Conference Recap

Bowling Green, KY. (June 20, 2019) – On Monday June 18th, the Texas Rural Challenge held its 10th annual conference in New Braunfels, Texas. During this two-day event rural leaders, state and federal officers, and community members came together to explore new ideas and discuss economic development, community development, and rural issues in Texas. This conference had a combination of …

Connected Texas Looking for State Program Director to Lead Effort to Close the Digital Divide

Austin, TX. (June 20, 2019) – Connected Texas recently launched a 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 effort, Connected Nation is seeking a State Program Director with a passion for rural Texas communities who will provide primary management and administrative …

Broadband Service Provider Profile: Hill Country Wireless Turns to Fixed Wireless to Serve the Unserved

Published by telecompetitor on June 11, 2019 By Joan Engebretson  When Ginger and David McCullough moved from a cattle ranch near Amarillo, Texas to the Texas Hill Country, they were astonished to learn that the only internet connectivity available to them was dialup. As they explained in an interview with Telecompetitor, that’s how they got into the business of providing …

After the Net Neutrality Debate Settles, Rural Texans Still Lack Broadband Access

The following was published by The Texan on June 4, 2019 by Brad Johnson  Over 30 percent of rural Texans are without high-speed broadband internet access in their homes and government-led approaches are dominating the debate. Austin, TX – In 2017, the world was ablaze with the issue dubbed “Net Neutrality.” The spark that lit the fire was the Federal …