Digital Divide: Coronavirus Crisis Highlights Texans’ Lack of High-Speed Internet Access

The following was published by Spectrum News on April 1, 2020 by Karina Kling  Click here to watch the interview AUSTIN, Texas — The coronavirus has forced Texans online for education, work, entertainment, even communicating with friends and family right now. But one-third of the state does not subscribe to high-speed internet in their homes. The digital divide is particularly …

Analysis: A digital divide with dire consequences for Texas

The following was published in the Texas Tribune on April 1, 2020 by Ross Ramsey  The new coronavirus has forced Texans online for education, commerce, work and entertainment. But a third of the state’s residents don’t have broadband in their homes. When Anderson County told residents not to assemble in groups with more than 10 people, officials got some pushback from churches. …

Anderson County Takes Action to Expand High-Speed Internet Access to All Families, Businesses, Organizations

Anderson County, TX (March 12, 2020) – The Anderson County Broadband Committee, in partnership with Connected Nation Texas (CN Texas), today launched a new effort to connect more families, businesses, farmers, and community organizations to broadband (high-speed internet). “We are excited that Anderson County has been selected among the communities in Texas to work with Connected Nation Texas to leverage …

USDA Grant Could Help Hundreds in Rural Walker County Get Broadband

The following story was published in The Huntsville Item on February 28, 2020 by Joseph Brown A proposal by the U.S. Department of Agriculture to provide $19 million for rural broadband could help almost 7,000 rural households, 46 farms, 32 pre-subscribed businesses, 19 critical community facilities and 15 educational facilities in Texas, A large portion of the grant will be …

Education, Business, National Security: Why Connecting One Rural Texas Town Affects Us All

“I sometimes feel like we’re sitting ducks out here.” by Jessica Denson, Communications Director Connected Nation Monahans, TX (February 24, 2020) – Shellie Porras owns three businesses located in Monahans, Texas — all within 2 square miles. She operates a gym, a car wash, and a trucking company, and she wouldn’t be able to run them without access to broadband …

Hill Country Counties Partner Up to Fight Digital Divide

Published by the San Antonio Business Journal on Feb. 6, 2020 by Steven Santana Three counties north of San Antonio will team up with broadband access advocacy group, Connected Nation Texas, to create Technology Action Plans to bring high-speed internet access to rural Hill Country communities. Blanco, Burnet and Llano county officials joined CN Texas, a subsidiary of the national …

Surveys could help expand high-speed internet into rural areas

Published by the DailyTrib.com By Daniel Clifton With more than 100 people — government officials, business owners, residents — packed into the meeting room at the Pedernales Electric Cooperative’s Marble Falls office January 31, it was clear that rural broadband internet access matters. “Our area needs broadband. Period,” said Burnet County Judge James Oakley at the start of the stakeholders …

Broadband Coverage Maps for Every Texas County Released, Your Feedback Needed to Improve Them   

Austin, TX (January 31, 2020) – Connected Nation Texas (CN Texas) just released its initial updated broadband (high-speed internet) coverage maps. These maps provide details on internet speeds and coverage for all 254 counties across the Lone Star State. “It’s been over five years since we last updated broadband coverage maps for Texas, so it was so important for us …

Connected Nation Texas State Program Director Appointed to Governor’s Broadband Development Council

Austin, TX (January 21, 2020) – Jennifer Harris, State Program Director of Connected Nation Texas (CN Texas), is among those recently appointed to Governor Greg Abbott’s Broadband Development Council. The council will work to identify barriers to and solutions for expanding broadband (high-speed internet) access to rural communities across the state of Texas. “It’s clear Governor Abbott understands this technology …

Help Improve High-Speed Internet Connections in Liberty County for Families, Businesses

Liberty County, TX (January 15, 2020) – The Liberty County Broadband Committee officially launched its effort today to develop a Technology Action Plan for the county. The committee, made up of local leaders and stakeholders, is working with Connected Nation Texas (CN Texas), through the Connected Community Engagement Program, to identify opportunities and challenges for expanding broadband (high-speed internet) access …