Texas Works to Bridge Digital Divide as Students Return to Virtual Learning

The following was published by Spectrum News on September 11, 2020. TEXAS — While many Texas students have returned to school in person, some of the state’s largest school districts are still holding classes online.  While it may protect students and staff from COVID-19, the virtual model does not work for all families. What You Need To Know 17% of …

Rep. Clardy “Equal access is the right thing to do regardless of race, color, creed, religion, or geographic location.”

Connected Nation Texas recently asked Rep. Travis Clardy (R-Dist. 11) and other lawmakers to share their thoughts on why expanding high-speed internet to more Texas homes, businesses, and communities is important and explain what action is taking place at the state level to improve connectivity. Rep. Clardy joined us via Zoom to share why he believes access to broadband is …

The USDA Invests $46 Million in Rural Community Facilities in 16 States

New Schools, Health Clinics and Public Safety Equipment Will Benefit 363,000 People WASHINGTON, Aug. 24, 2020 – The Trump Administration today announced that the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) is investing $46 million to improve critical community facilities to benefit 363,000 rural residents (PDF, 169 KB) in 16 states. “Rural America relies on safe, modern community facilities to ensure access to essential …

Broadband Survey a Step Toward Connecting All Texans

The following was published by the DailyTrib.com on August 25, 2020 Amid a pandemic, high-speed internet at home has become a necessity for work and school, but many Burnet County residents still lack access. A simple, 10-minute survey could help connect every household. Connected Nation Texas, an independent organization committed to ensuring every Texan has broadband internet access, is surveying …

VIDEO: Enhanced Broadband Coverage Maps for Every Texas County Released, Give New Insights on Access

Austin, TX (August 13, 2020) – Connected Nation Texas (CN Texas) just released new broadband (high-speed internet) coverage maps that provide updated details on internet speeds and coverage for all 254 counties across the Lone Star State. The updated maps, which were initially released in January 2020, now include additional input from residents, businesses, and communities, as well as new, …

How Connected Nation Texas Is Working to Keep Rural Communities Online

Austin, TX (July 22, 2020) – The COVID-19 pandemic has created unprecedented challenges for Texans, but it has also opened the dialogue for a historic expansion of broadband service across the state. This crisis has made the need for statewide adoption more critical than ever, more urgent than ever, more visible than ever, more beneficial than ever, and therefore more …

How’s Your Connection: San Augustine County Launches New Effort to Expand High-Speed Internet Access

San Augustine County, TX (July 9, 2020) – The San Augustine County Broadband Committee, in partnership with Connected Nation Texas (CN Texas), this morning launched a local Connected Community Engagement Program. This program will help identify the challenges and opportunities for connecting more families, businesses, farmers, schools, libraries, and other community organizations to better access broadband (high-speed internet). As part …

$20.4 Billion Available for Rural Broadband Expansion, First Deadline Approaching for Providers to Apply

Lansing, MI. (July 6, 2020) – Internet Service Providers (ISPs) have less than two weeks to complete a short form application to qualify for Phase 1 of the Rural Digital Opportunity Fund (RDOF) auction.  The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) issued its call for short form applications on July 1; the deadline for those applications is Wednesday, July 15. “Up to …

USDA Highlights Accomplishments in Rural High-Speed Broadband Deployment Under American Broadband Initiative

The following was a press release issued by the USDA on June 25, 2020. Click here for the original release. June Progress Report Shows USDA Played Key Role in Connecting 430,000 Rural Americans, Improving Investment Data, and Cutting Red-Tape WASHINGTON, June 25, 2020 – Today, the U.S. Department of Agriculture joined its government partners to release a Progress Report (PDF, 337 KB) detailing …

USDA Invests $86 Million in Rural Broadband Service in Eight States Including Texas

The following was a press release issued by the USDA on June 24, 2020 WASHINGTON, June 24, 2020 – The Trump Administration today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is investing $86 million in rural broadband service(PDF, 110 KB) for 17,000 people and businesses in eight states. “Access to high-speed broadband internet, or e-Connectivity, is a cornerstone of prosperity anywhere, …