Connected Texas Looking for State Program Director to Lead Effort to Close the Digital Divide

Austin, TX. (June 20, 2019) – Connected Texas recently launched a more than two-year program to connect and support the 1.45 million rural Texans who do not have access to high-speed (broadband) internet. As part of that effort, Connected Nation is seeking a State Program Director with a passion for rural Texas communities who will provide primary management and administrative …

After the Net Neutrality Debate Settles, Rural Texans Still Lack Broadband Access

The following was published by The Texan on June 4, 2019 by Brad Johnson  Over 30 percent of rural Texans are without high-speed broadband internet access in their homes and government-led approaches are dominating the debate. Austin, TX – In 2017, the world was ablaze with the issue dubbed “Net Neutrality.” The spark that lit the fire was the Federal …

Texas Legislature Poised For Biggest Broadband Push In State History But Still Catching Up

Published by Texas Public Radio on May 17, 2019 By Paul Flahive 1.8 million Texans lack broadband Internet access, and most of them live in rural Texas. Studies from the U.S. chamber and others have shown the massive impact connecting Texas could have. This is part one of a multi-part series focusing on Connecting Rural Texas. Unlike cities, rural areas rarely …

East Texas Agency Receives Federal Grant for Rural Broadband

The following was published by the Tyler Morning Telegraph on April 17, 2019 by Erin Mansfield  A regional agency representing 14 counties has received a federal grant to work toward better broadband access. The East Texas Council of Governments announced Wednesday that it received the grant from the U.S. Economic Development Administration. The grant includes $375,000 in federal money and …

Still Buffering: Rural Libraries Fill the Void for Residents Without Broadband

The below article was published by Tyler Morning Telegraph on March 31, 2019 by Erin Mansfield  Editor’s Note This is part two of a five-part series about how a lack of connectivity affects East Texans. Part 1: East Texas lags the rest of the state in broadband Part 2: Rural libraries fill the broadband void Part 3: Some East Texans say …

Senate Seeks To Expand Rural Broadband Access

The following was published by The Katy News on April 8, 2019 Austin, TX – Rural Texans have been increasingly left behind in the expansion in broadband coverage, but a bill passed by the Senate Thursday could change that.  According to the Federal Communications Commission, at least 30 percent of rural Texans don’t have access to high-speed internet.  While the …