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Blog // Connected Texas

Almost 1 million Texas students lack home broadband access

By Jennifer Cobb

Earlier this month, Connected Texas released its Broadband and Education – Connecting Students in Texas report, revealing almost 1 million Texas students lack home broadband access. The report was released in conjunction with the Texas Broadband Symposium that was hosted by the Texas Computer Education Association (TCEA) and co-hosted by Connected Texas.  Among the findings from the report: ·      Only 8% of Texas households with K-12 students do not own a computer, but more than 950,000 students in the state do not have broadband at home. ·      Students living in homes with annual...

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October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

By Jennifer Cobb

Each October, many people show their support for Breast Cancer Awareness Month by wearing pink, running 5K races and honoring loved ones who have battled breast cancer and this year, there are companies around the country who have created apps to help detect breast cancer, stay informed after a diagnosis of cancer, and send reminders on how important it is to conduct self-exams. 15 of the best Breast Cancer iPhone & Android Apps of 2014 as gathered by Healthline can be found at this link: - 1 Here are some facts about breast cancer in the United States...

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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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Expressions of Interest from Texas Cover Areas Across the State in FCC Rural Broadband Experiment Program

By Connected Nation

Expressions of interest filed from Texas for the FCC’s Rural Broadband Experiment program cover areas throughout the state ranging from those narrowly focusing on county-wide, unserved areas to proposals aimed at serving gaps across the entire state. Last January, the FCC voted to create the Rural Broadband Experiment program that it hopes will help shape and adjust its Connect America Fund (CAF) broadband subsidy program. These rural broadband experiments mark the first opportunity for providers that are not the incumbent local telephone company in a particular area to receive CAF subsidies to build and operate fixed broadband networks in...

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