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Blog // Connected Texas

Anderson County Joins Connected Community Engagement Program

By Jennifer Cobb

Last Tuesday, Anderson County and the city of Palestine, Texas hosted their Connected Community Engagement Program kickoff meeting at the Anderson County Courthouse with over 20 people in attendance. In the kickoff meeting, attendees discussed the need for turbocharging existing businesses, integrating virtual workplaces, incorporating broadband and technology in government, public safety, and integrating technology in the classroom. “Bringing broadband Internet to our community is vital. Technology will pave the way to a more robust job market and a brighter future for our region,” said Tammy Lightfoot, emergency management coordinator in...

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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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Broadband Factors Into Texas Impact Report

By Jeremy Thacker

Connected Texas is making an impression on the state’s 2012 Rural Impact Report. The Texas Department of Agriculture’s Rural Affairs team is currently working on a report that takes an in-depth look at life and business in rural Texas. Broadband has taken the spotlight in rural Texas as the state pushes for more economic development opportunities and better quality of life in all corners of the Lone Star State. The Connected Texas team met this month with TDA representatives in Austin and presented them with a wealth of current maps and research to help complete their forthcoming report. Keep up with the very latest news on Texas broadband...

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Broadband Spotlighted at Texas Rural Challenge

By Jeremy Thacker

Broadband is the key to economic development. No group knows that better than the community leaders who attended last week’s Texas Rural Challenge event. The third annual meeting was held through the University of Texas San Antonio Institute for Economic Development's Rural Business Program in San Marcos. The goal was to bring leaders together to spur small business and economic growth in rural communities across Texas by providing practical and proven approaches to rural development. Connected Texas staff was on-hand at the statewide conference to help promote the state’s new Connected program. Community champions are being sought out in...

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