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 …

How is Your Connection? Help Improve High-Speed Internet Access in Wharton County

Wharton County, TX (December 4, 2019) – Local leaders and stakeholders in Wharton County are taking action to improve high-speed internet (broadband) connections for residents, businesses, and others across the county. The Wharton County Broadband Committee, in partnership with Connected Nation Texas (CN Texas), has launched work to develop a county-wide Technology Action Plan. “Having reliable, affordable internet impacts everything …

Connected Nation Texas Launches First Community Engagement

Rains County, TX (November 20, 2019) – On a cold and rainy day in Emory, Texas, Connected Nation launched its first Community Engagement of 23. In a gorgeously restored courtroom of the Rains County Courthouse, Tom Stephenson and Jennifer Harris of Connected Nation Texas, Rains County Judge Wayne Wolfe, and Jamie Baker of Congressman John Ratcliffe’s office welcomed a diverse group of …

Report: Texas Home To More Rural Students Than Any Other State

The following report was published by Texas Public Radio on November 7, 2019 by Camille Phillips  While Texas is responsible for educating more rural students than any other state in the country — nearly 700,000 — it’s not doing as much for those students as most other states in two key areas. That’s according to a new report from the Rural Schools and …

Help Improve High-Speed Internet Access in Rains County

Rains County, TX (November 5, 2019) – The Rains County Broadband Committee, in partnership with Connected Nation Texas (CN Texas), is right now working to develop a Technology Action Plan for the area. As part of that effort, the committee needs residents, businesses, and other organizations to share their input about their high-speed internet (broadband) access or lack thereof. “Reliable …

Texas Library Association Honors Rep. Four Price for Broadband Efforts

The foll.owing was published on KFDA on October 29, 2019 by Richard Bullard AMARILLO, Texas (KFDA) – The Texas Library Association honored Rep. Four Price (R-Dist. 87) this afternoon at the Downtown Amarillo Public Library. Representative Price was recognized for his work on House Bill 1960 relating to the Governor’s Broadband Council. The Council presents an opportunity for Texas to …

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 …

CN Texas Looking to Identify 23 Communities for Technology Action Plans

Austin, TX (October 29, 2019) – Connected Nation Texas (CN Texas), a subsidiary of the national nonprofit Connected Nation, is working to expand broadband (high-speed internet) access, adoption, and use across Texas. CN Texas’ State Program Director, Jennifer Harris, recently spoke with RFD-TV, a broadcast group that focuses on rural affairs issues across the country, about the impact the Digital …

Texas’ Digital Divide: The State of Broadband in Texas’ Rural Communities

Published by Fiscal Notes on October 22, 2019 By Lauren Mulverhill More than 2 million Texas households don’t have high-speed internet. While most of our city dwellers can access broadband, even urban Texas has pockets without it; Laredo and Brownsville hold the top two spots on a list of the nation’s worst-connected cities (PDF). But Texas’ vast rural areas are …

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 …