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 their 10th annual conference in New Braunfels, Texas. During this two day event rural leaders, state and federal officers, and community members joined 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 …

Texas Legislature Poised For Biggest Broadband Push In State History But Still Catching Up

Published by Texas Public Radio on May 17, 2019 By Paul Flahive 1.8 million Texans lack broadband Internet access, and most of them live in rural Texas. Studies from the U.S. chamber and others have shown the massive impact connecting Texas could have. This is part one of a multi-part series focusing on Connecting Rural Texas. Unlike cities, rural areas rarely …

The Last Mile Solution

How two ranchers became the top internet providers of their small town by Jessica Denson Director of Communications, Connected Nation Johnson City, TX (May 16, 2019) – Ginger and David McCullough are doing something they never expected—providing broadband services to their community. “We were living in the Texas panhandle and running a cattle ranch,” said Ginger McCullough. “It was around-the-clock …

East Texas Agency Receives Federal Grant for Rural Broadband

The following was published by the Tyler Morning Telegraph on April 17, 2019 by Erin Mansfield  A regional agency representing 14 counties has received a federal grant to work toward better broadband access. The East Texas Council of Governments announced Wednesday that it received the grant from the U.S. Economic Development Administration. The grant includes $375,000 in federal money and …