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Blog // Connected Texas

Big Announcement at Broadband Communities Summit

By Jeremy Thacker

This week’s Broadband Communities Summit in Dallas is leaving Texas focused on technology like never before with a brand new statewide program focused on digital literacy. Connected Texas staff was on-hand as both presenters and resources for the gathering of professionals committed to keeping pace with the latest developments in broadband. Connected Nation’s Michael Ramage presented on the community engagement process needed for successful broadband expansion planning, while Connected Texas Executive Director, Don Shirley, presented on broadband mapping. The summit also proved the perfect place for Shirley to unveil a major new partnership...

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Validating Texas Broadband Service

By CTX Staff

Contributor: Dwayne Goodman We hope you enjoyed our blog yesterday about the different broadband delivery methods.  If you haven't checked it out, do so now!  Today, we're looking at how our team goes about validating the different broadband methods to provide more accurate, useful mapping of broadband availability. Validation: Residents typically come away with a better understanding of the insider terms, like “fixed wireless,” after they’ve been exposed to our engineering work and validation efforts across Texas. Our team of engineers verifies each of these platforms above by going out into the field with tools, test equipment...

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Texas Broadband Task Force Gets Preview of Major Unveilings

By Jeremy Thacker

Connected Texas is getting ready for some big milestones! Members of the Texas Broadband Task Force were treated to previews last week of several major unveilings from the initiative. In the next month, Connected Texas will be releasing: A new interactive mapping and data tool called MyConnectView. The web-based application will offer unmatched views of the Texas technology landscape. The announcement of the Texas Broadband Summit agenda and keynote speaker. Registration is already open for the free event that takes place Tuesday, June 5 in Dallas. The new Every Community Online (ECO) program and web portal. ECO involves a partnership...

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Rural Broadband Barriers Revealed at Annual WSSA Conference

By Jeremy Thacker

Scholars are taking home a better understanding of the Nevada and Texas broadband landscape thanks to an important conference last week in Houston. Connected Texas researchers Chris McGovern and Elizabeth Riesser were on hand at the 54th Annual Conference of the Western Social Science Association (WSSA) to shed light on the reasons why people in rural areas do or do not use broadband across the states. Presenting from their paper, “Choosing to Connect: Broadband Adoption and Barriers in Rural Texas and Nevada” the pair examined the barriers that prevent people from subscribing to the life-changing service. Right now, only 49% of rural...

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