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 …

New Texas Broadband Maps Released – Help Improve Them!

Austin, TX. (February 24, 2020) – In late January, Connected Nation Texas (CN Texas) published initial broadband availability maps as part of a project to identify areas served and unserved by high-speed internet access. They are the first state-level broadband maps developed since 2014. While federal broadband datasets exist, they are heavily flawed and there is evidence of both overstatement and …

Connected Nation Texas Broadband Maps: Why, How, and What Can We Learn

Austin, TX. (February 19, 2020) – Statewide broadband maps were released for Texas in January of this year for the first time since 2014. Maps were also released for all 254 counties. There are four different static versions of these maps – at four different speed tiers of 10 Mbps download/1 Mbps upload, 25 Mbps download/3 Mbps upload (the minimum thresholds …

Connected Nation Texas Broadband Maps: Why, How, and What Can We Learn

Austin, TX. (February 19, 2020) – Statewide broadband maps were released for Texas in January of this year for the first time since 2014. Maps were also released for all 254 counties. There are four different static versions of these maps – at four different speed tiers of 10 Mbps download/1 Mbps upload, 25 Mbps download/3 Mbps upload (the minimum thresholds …