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. …

COVID-19 Highlights Rural Broadband Need

Published by Texas Farm Bureau on March 23, 2020. With schools and offices throughout the country closed to stem the spread of COVID-19, access to rural broadband is critical as students and employees transition to online classrooms and teleworking. Unfortunately for many in rural America, an already troubling situation is being made worse by lack of the critical connections only …

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 …

Farmers, Ranchers Ask for Federal Support in Infrastructure Improvements

Published by KXXV, ABC 25 on February 28, 2020. Written by Maggie Lohmiller LAMPASAS, Texas — The Texas Farm Bureau is hopeful lawmakers will get to work on legislation that would authorize spending on infrastructure improvements. This includes ensuring rural roads and bridges are able to handle equipment, broadband and maintaining competitive advantage in exports. “Right now the priority for …

Connected Nation Staff Takes Part in State Broadband Leaders Summit

Washington, DC (March 4, 2020) – Last month Connected Nation staff members Eric Frederick, VP Community Affairs, Tina Lyden, Ohio State Director, and Jennifer Harris, Texas State Director, attended the State Broadband Leaders Summit in Washington DC. They exchanged ideas with leaders from other states and attended the unveiling of Pew’s Promising Practices report on broadband activities at the state …

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 …

USDA Invests $19 Million in Broadband for Rural Texas Communities

The following press release was issued by the USDA on February 28, 2020 ELMENDORF, Texas, Feb. 28, 2020 – Today, Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue announced a $19 million investment in three, high-speed broadband infrastructure projects that will create or improve rural e-Connectivity for almost 7,000 rural households, 46 farms, 32 pre-subscribed businesses, 19 critical community facilities and 15 educational facilities in …

Rural Broadband in Texas: Your Help Needed to Improve Statistics and Maps

 Austin, TX (February 27, 2020) – Connected Nation Texas (CN Texas) has now released new broadband availability statistics alongside the recently updated broadband (high-speed internet) coverage maps. These statistics show how broadband access varies across the state at various speed combinations. To ensure this information is more accurate CN Texas is asking you to provide feedback. “Having broadband access is …

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 …