Pandemic highlights internet gap for rural students around Waco, Central Texas

The following story was published by the Waco Tribune-Herald on August 15, 2020 Fiber optic networks crisscross the university towns of Waco and Bryan-College Station, offering speeds of up to one gigabit per second, a gushing river of data that connects people with entertainment, education, business and medical information. But over much of the 90 miles between — in mostly …

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, …

Schools prepare videos, school packets for kids without internet

The following story was published on KXAN on July 31, 2020 BASTROP COUNTY, Texas (KXAN) — Connected Nation will release its latest Texas broadband availability maps Friday. The nonprofit updates the maps every six months to analyze the access to high-speed internet across the counties. In Bastrop County, the broadband map shows there is 100% high-speed internet access under the …

‘The cruelest part of the digital divide’ | How millions in federal funding fails our students

The following was published by 12 News Now on July 15, 2020 AUSTIN, Texas — “The students in our neighborhood come to school as a refuge,” said Michelle Sandoval Villegas, a teacher at Parkland Pre-Engineering Middle School, Ysleta Independent School District. She said connections to the students were key. “I just wanted to let them know I’m still here. I …

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 …

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, …

ADTRAN Partners with NRTC to Equip United Cooperative Services with Next-Generation 10G for Northern Texas

The following is a press release issued by ADTRAN on May 28, 2020 Rural electric cooperative’s 10G symmetric service deployment provides leading-edge model for community broadband enablement HUNTSVILLE, AL–(May 28, 2020) ADTRAN®, Inc., (NASDAQ:ADTN), a leading provider of next-generation innovative fiber and fiber extension broadband access solutions, today announced that, through its Enabling Communities, Connecting Lives program, it is empowering United Cooperative …

Texas Had Laws That Were Barriers to Telemedicine. The Coronavirus Changed That.

The following was published KUT Radio on March 20, 2020 by Ashley Lopez Telemedicine laws in Texas got revamped this week as the coronavirus spreads through the state. Gov. Greg Abbott announced Tuesday he was waiving a slew of regulations that made it harder for doctors to treat people remotely, also known as telemedicine or telehealth. “As the State of Texas …