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 …

Summit offers new insights about the future of telehealth, rural broadband in America

“This is the biggest opportunity to expand access to the internet since the internet was invented.” Virtual event (May 5, 2021) – Experts and industry insiders recently came together to discuss the ways the coronavirus pandemic is impacting the future of telehealth—and how it’s highlighted the need to expand and improve rural broadband. “Those companies that didn’t necessarily see themselves …

Statement from Connected Nation Chairman & CEO Thomas W. Ferree on President Biden’s Address to Congress

Washington, DC. (April 29, 2021) – Thomas W. Ferree, Chairman & CEO of Connected Nation, released the following statement regarding President Joe Biden’s address to a joint session of Congress last night: “We were heartened to hear President Biden reiterate his commitment to seeking $100 billion in his infrastructure plan to ensure that every American has access to robust broadband, …

Deadline extended as Texas Education Agency seeks multiple Internet Service Providers for Connect Texas Program

Austin, Texas (April 27, 2021) – The Region 4 Education Service Center (ESC) has extended the deadline for RFPs on behalf of the Texas Education Agency’s (TEA) Connect Texas Program.  The deadline has moved to Tuesday, May 18 to allow an additional two weeks for Internet Service Providers to submit their proposals for the project. “We are excited to see …

Hall County committee asks businesses and residents to help shape plan for improving internet access and speeds

Fill out the broadband survey to ensure your area’s challenges and opportunities are part of the planning process Hall County, Texas (April 21, 2021) – The Hall County Broadband Committee, which is made up of local stakeholders, launched its work to develop a county-specific Technology Action Plan. The committee, in partnership with Connected Nation Texas (CN Texas), is looking at …

Texas Education Agency looking to secure multiple Internet Service Providers for Connect Texas Program

“This program could be a game-changer for Texas students.” Austin, Texas (April 13, 2021) – Connected Nation Texas (CN Texas) applauds the efforts of the Texas Education Agency (TEA) to connect all Texas students in need. The Region 4 Education Service Center (ESC) just released an RFP on behalf of the Agency for TEA’s Connect Texas Program. “We are excited …

Building a bridge to broadband for K-12 students

“Closing the homework gap depends on good data. This program is the first step in that effort.” San Francisco, California (April 13, 2021) – Early in the pandemic, as teachers struggled to move all instruction online, school districts were scrambling to figure out just how many kids were not connected to broadband (high-speed internet) at home. That challenge led to …

The nation’s top 10 states for school internet connectivity

43 governors commit to increasing school bandwidths to 1Mpbs per student Washington, DC (April 12, 2021) – Connected Nation is announcing the top states in the nation for school internet connectivity according to data published through the nonprofit’s Connect K-12 website*. “The pandemic demonstrated how important it is to continue to improve our school internet networks. Many teachers and students …

Texas school districts, nonprofits to receive hotspots, free internet to help more than 1,800 students across the state

AT&T’s K-12 homework gap program is helping students nationwide participate in connected learning Austin, Texas (April 12, 2021) – As students and teachers cross the threshold into a full year of remote learning, AT&T and leading nonprofit Connected Nation are continuing to work to put the connectivity solutions vital to education into the hands of those who need it most. …

Jones County reaches 85% of internet surveys targeted goal, more input needed to develop technology action plan

Local committee asks residents, public-private organizations to weigh in on internet access and speeds across Jones County Jones County, Texas (April 12, 2021) – The Jones County Broadband Committee launched its work to develop a county Technology Action Plan just two weeks ago and is already seeing a huge response—signaling that area residents and businesses want and need better broadband …