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May The Miles Mount!

By Jeremy Thacker

The miles are mounting up when it comes to the work of Connected Texas staff across the state! May has been a monumental month in putting the rubber to the road and laying groundwork for further broadband successes. While community engagement meetings were being held throughout the Piney Woods section of northeast Texas, including stops in Daingerfield and Atlanta, our ETS crews were busy in both west Texas and southeast of Houston validating the broadband service reported there by providers. In fact, in one week, the work of Connected Texas ETS encompassed approximately 2,272 square miles including a few alligator encounters! Keep up with...

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New Money Available for Rural Broadband Expansion

By Jeremy Thacker

Rural residents may see new Internet service coming their way thanks to grant money from the United State Department of Agriculture (USDA). The Rural Development division just announced more than $10.3 million will be distributed among high-speed Internet providers. Interested providers must apply for the Community Connect grant program before June 18. The program already has several success stories to share, like the Tatitlek community on the Prince William Sound in Alaska. They are the kind of stories that are the reason Connected Texas exists and why we’re working hard for the expansion of broadband access, adoption, and use across the...

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What is Backhaul?

By CTX Staff

Contributor: Erin R. Flournoy This week Connected Texas visited with the small Texas community of Stamford to kick of the Connected Community Engagement Program.  Connected Texas engineering staffers were also on hand at the community meeting to present the basics of Texas’ mapping efforts, discuss identified providers in Stamford, and talk about hurdles each one faces in rural Texas today. During the meeting where residents, providers and community leaders were in attendance, there were several questions about broadband and broadband technologies in general.  The misunderstandings about backhaul, for instance, are common for...

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