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 …

Pandemic highlights internet gap for rural students around Waco, Central Texas

The following story was published by the Waco Tribune-Herald on August 15, 2020 Fiber optic networks crisscross the university towns of Waco and Bryan-College Station, offering speeds of up to one gigabit per second, a gushing river of data that connects people with entertainment, education, business and medical information. But over much of the 90 miles between — in mostly …

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, …

The Efforts to Close the Digital Divide for North Texas Students

The following story was published by NBC 5 in Dallas, Texas on July 30, 2020. The pandemic has pushed us further into the digital world. But not everyone was ready for it. When the shutdown began, Dr. Rebecca Good, superintendent of Legacy Preparatory Charter Academy, said nearly all of her 1,800 students needed computers. “Most of our parents are low …

Schools prepare videos, school packets for kids without internet

The following story was published on KXAN on July 31, 2020 BASTROP COUNTY, Texas (KXAN) — Connected Nation will release its latest Texas broadband availability maps Friday. The nonprofit updates the maps every six months to analyze the access to high-speed internet across the counties. In Bastrop County, the broadband map shows there is 100% high-speed internet access under the …

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 …

‘The cruelest part of the digital divide’ | How millions in federal funding fails our students

The following was published by 12 News Now on July 15, 2020 AUSTIN, Texas — “The students in our neighborhood come to school as a refuge,” said Michelle Sandoval Villegas, a teacher at Parkland Pre-Engineering Middle School, Ysleta Independent School District. She said connections to the students were key. “I just wanted to let them know I’m still here. I …

ADTRAN Partners with NRTC to Equip United Cooperative Services with Next-Generation 10G for Northern Texas

The following is a press release issued by ADTRAN on May 28, 2020 Rural electric cooperative’s 10G symmetric service deployment provides leading-edge model for community broadband enablement HUNTSVILLE, AL–(May 28, 2020) ADTRAN®, Inc., (NASDAQ:ADTN), a leading provider of next-generation innovative fiber and fiber extension broadband access solutions, today announced that, through its Enabling Communities, Connecting Lives program, it is empowering United Cooperative …

Texas Had Laws That Were Barriers to Telemedicine. The Coronavirus Changed That.

The following was published KUT Radio on March 20, 2020 by Ashley Lopez Telemedicine laws in Texas got revamped this week as the coronavirus spreads through the state. Gov. Greg Abbott announced Tuesday he was waiving a slew of regulations that made it harder for doctors to treat people remotely, also known as telemedicine or telehealth. “As the State of Texas …