Houston County seeks solutions to broadband access, adoption, and use

Houston County, Texas (September 17, 2021) – Located 2 hours north of Houston, Texas, Houston County is getting ready to implement the Technology Action Plan developed for them by Connected Nation Texas (CN Texas). A broadband survey, which collected responses from 391 residential households, was conducted between January 2021 and May 2021. The purpose of the survey was to determine …

Connected Nation Texas releases new county-by-county data on internet speeds, coverage areas for entire state

286,908 households across Texas still lack access to federally recognized broadband speeds Austin, TX (August 10, 2021) – Connected Nation Texas (CN Texas) just published updated broadband coverage maps for all 254 counties in the state. This fourth update provides a clearer picture and new insights about access to high-speed internet in Texas. “This updated data comes at a critical …

MEDIA ADVISORY: Texas First Lady Cecilia Abbott To Deliver Remarks At Internet Safety Billboard Campaign Launch In San Antonio

The following is a media advisory issued from the office of Gov. Greg Abbott on July 28, 2021 AUSTIN – Texas First Lady Cecilia Abbott will deliver remarks at the launch of the R.E.A.L. Friends Don’t nationwide online safety campaign on Thursday, July 29, in San Antonio. The First Lady will be joined by McCain Institute Board of Trustees and Human …

How a university, a nonprofit, and a mayor came together to connect some of Texas’ most rural southern counties

by Jessica Denson, Communications DirectorConnected Nation Victoria and Cuero, Texas (May 27, 2021) – The University of Houston-Victoria Center for Regional Collaboration (UHV-CRC) sits at the center of Victoria, Texas—a town of about 67,000 people. Three of the Lone Star State’s largest cities are exactly two hours away by car—San Antonio to the west, Austin to the northwest, and Houston …

Texas should adopt a statewide comprehensive approach to tackling the Digital Divide

By Heather Gate, Vice President, Digital InclusionConnected Nation and CN Texas For most Texans, life without internet access is unimaginable. The internet has become embedded in every aspect of our daily lives—from streaming movies, working, running small businesses, attending virtual classrooms, and taking part in telehealth visits. It has become impossible to efficiently access economic opportunity and basic resources without …

Wham! Connected Nation’s greatest hits of 2020

By Jessica Denson, Communications DirectorConnected Nation Bowling Green, KY (December 14, 2020) – Every year, during the holidays, my friends circulate this ridiculous challenge — try not to be “Whammed!” Basically, the person who goes the longest without hearing the original version of “Last Christmas” by Wham! wins. We’re not the only ones. The challenge is so popular that it …

How Connected Nation Texas is helping connect rural communities across the state

Austin, TX (December 10, 2020) – Connected Nation Texas (CN Texas) is working with local communities across the state to collect input from residents, businesses, community organizations, educators, healthcare providers, and others in an effort to develop Technology Action Plans through the Connected Community Engagement Program. “When Connected Nation Texas started working directly with rural communities through our Connected program …

Sen. Perry: “Covid-19 closures have shown us, now more than ever, online communication is critical for businesses, families, schools, and vulnerable populations”

“Many of the counties I represent do not have a hospital or even a doctor, and broadband can help bridge the healthcare gap these rural residents face.“ Connected Nation Texas recently asked Sen. Charles Perry (R-Lubbock) and other lawmakers to share their thoughts on why expanding high-speed internet (broadband) to more Texas homes, businesses, and communities is important and explain …

Words of Advice: What the Winner of the Texas Broadband Hero Award Can Teach Us About Connecting More Communities

Connected Nation Texas (CN Texas) has virtually presented the Texas Broadband Hero Award to Teresa Burnett, the Executive Director of the Monahans Chamber of Commerce, for her work to expand broadband (high-speed internet) access, adoption, and use across parts of rural Texas. “The Texas Broadband Hero Award is reserved for someone who demonstrates the passion, commitment and determination to close …

Time is Ticking: Take Part in Survey to Improve Internet Access and Speeds Across Morris County

Morris County, TX (October 27, 2020) – The Morris County Collaborative Broadband Committee, in partnership with Connected Nation Texas (CN Texas), is collecting input from businesses, residents, community organizations, farmers, and others in an effort to develop a Technology Action Plan for the entire county. The plan will provide immediate and long-term solutions for expanding access to high-speed internet. The …