Straight Talk Texas: A Conversation about the Digital Divide in Rural Texas

Published by Texas 2036 on April 15, 2020. Listen in as Texas 2036 President Margaret Spellings talks with Wynn Rosser, Ph.D, who is President and CEO of the T.L.L. Temple Foundation, a member of the Texas Rural Funders Collaborative and a key funder of Connected Texas. Living in Lufkin, Texas, and Texas 2036 is honored to have Wynn serve on our board. As the T.L.L. Temple …

FCC Chairman Launches the Keep Americans Connected Pledge, Here’s What He’s Asking Providers to Do

The following press release was issued by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) on March 13, 2020 Pai Calls on Broadband and Telephone Service Providers to Promote Connectivity for Americans Impacted by the Disruptions Caused by the Coronavirus Pandemic WASHINGTON, March 13, 2020—Yesterday, in multiple phone calls with broadband and telephone service providers and trade associations, Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit …

National Nonprofit Working to Close Digital Divide Applauds President Trump’s Commitment to Rural America

Washington, D.C. (February 5, 2020) – Connected Nation Chairman and CEO Tom Ferree released the following statement in response to President Donald Trump’s State of the Union Address, specifically his commitment to ensure “that every citizen can have access to high-speed internet, including rural America.” “We are excited to see that the Trump Administration remains committed to building a better …

FCC Chairman Discusses Rural Digital Opportunity Fund with Rural Business Owners, Community Advocates, Internet Service Providers

“This is the biggest step the FCC has ever taken to close the Digital Divide” by Jessica Denson, Communications Director Marietta, OH (January 23, 2020) – The Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), Ajit Pai, met yesterday with community advocates, business owners, educational leaders, internet service providers, and other local stakeholders in Ohio to discuss the importance of closing …

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 …

FCC Chairman Announces Plan to Launch $9 Billion 5G Fund for Rural America

The following is a press release issued by the FCC on December 4, 2019 5G Fund Would Replace Mobility Fund Phase II and Focus on Bringing the Most Advanced Wireless Services to Rural Areas WASHINGTON, December 4, 2019—Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai announced today that he intends to establish the 5G Fund, which would make up to $9 billion in …

FCC Authorizes Nearly $62 Million in Funding for Rural Broadband

The following press release was issued on October 10, 2019 by the FCC on its website. WASHINGTON —The Federal Communications Commission today authorized over $61.8 million in funding over the next decade to expand broadband to nearly 22,000 unserved rural homes and businesses in 14 states, representing the sixth wave of support from last year’s successful Connect America Fund Phase II …

Connected Nation’s Director of Digital Inclusion Named to FCC Advisory Committee on Diversity and Digital Empowerment

Washington, DC (October 17, 2019) – The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) announced in June that the Advisory Committee on Diversity and Digital Empowerment (ACDDE) would be re-chartered. For the second time, Heather Gate, Director of Digital Inclusion, Connected Nation, has just been named to serve on the committee. “I was happy to learn that FCC Chairman Ajit Pai decided to …

Lack of Broadband Costs Rural Texas

Waco, TX (October 7, 2019) –Rural Texas communities have found themselves on the wrong end of the Digital Divide and people are tired of waiting for access. Last week, Eric Frederick, VP of Community Affairs, Connected Nation, spoke with the Texas Farm Bureauabout how lack of broadband (high-speed internet)access hurts rural Texans. “There are a number of different problems that …