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Blog // Connected Texas

Connected Texas’ New Broadband Availability Figures Reveal Increases Across State

By Lyndsey Kleven

New research released in June by Connected Texas shows that 55.82% of Texas households now have access to fixed broadband at 25 Mbps download/1.5 Mbps upload speeds across the state, a 14 percentage point increase compared to 2011. Another notable finding is the increase of fixed broadband at 50 Mbps download/1.5 Mbps upload speeds, increasing more than 16 percentage points since October 2011. Texas broadband availability at 768 Kbps download/200 Kbps upload speeds is now at 98.67%, excluding mobile wireless and satellite services. “A 14 percentage point increase in 25 Mbps speeds is evidence of Texas providers investing in capacity and...

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Councilman Nirenberg Seeks to Expand Broadband Access, Recent FCC Appointment to Bolster Efforts

By Lyndsey Kleven

District 8 Councilman Ron Nirenberg filed a request today for San Antonio staff to assemble and publish a comprehensive strategy to facilitate and accelerate deployment of IT infrastructure citywide. Councilman Nirenberg seeks policies to ensure equal broadband access and bridge the digital divide, to assert the city’s role the expansion of mobile data capacity and to define the role and management of a municipally operated fiber network. “A unified strategy for digital communication in San Antonio will recognize that access to broadband and mobile service is a necessity in the 21st century economy,” said Councilman Nirenberg. “Adequate and...

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Broadband Across Texas Week Aims to Get Everyone Online

By Jeremy Thacker

Any Texan lacking the knowledge needed to use the Internet now has a golden opportunity approaching! The second annual Broadband Across Texas (BAT) Week is set for the week of June 23-29. The week includes free Internet and computer training classes at more than 90 Public Computing Centers (PCCs) across the state. Daily events are scheduled in Austin, Houston, San Antonio, and numerous rural locations in Texas. Free classes will cover topics like using a computer, navigating the Internet safely, and online job-hunting. The Texas Connects Coalition is presenting BAT Week with support from the Connected Texas initiative. All the computer...

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Texas Marks National Broadband Map 2-Year Anniversary

By CTX Staff

February 17, 2013, marked the two-year anniversary of the National Broadband Map (NBM), a tool to search, analyze, and map broadband availability across the United States. The National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) created and maintains the NBM, populating it with broadband datasets collected and submitted by states and territories for the State Broadband Initiative (SBI) grant program. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has also been contributing to the development and update of the NBM. The continued update and use of the NBM for economic development, federal policy, broadband expansion, as well as local...

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