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Blog // Connected Texas

Llano, Texas Celebrates Broadband Success!

By CTX Staff

The City of Llano, Texas is celebrating new access to broadband Internet service! It’s a success that no one appreciates more than Jim Beasley. Beasley is the Director of Technology for the Llano Independent School District. When he took the job seven years ago, there was only one option for a landline connection, but that service wasn’t able to meet the school district’s continually growing needs. Only T1 lines were available and problems started popping up when multiple classrooms attempted to connect to the Internet at the same time. After months of conference calls with the provider, it became clear they were not going to be able to...

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Black Friday’s Cyber Impact on Texas Businesses is Undeniable

By Jeremy Thacker

Thanksgiving week always ends with the Black Friday shopping frenzy. This week promises the same inevitable end, but a portion of Texas businesses will be shut out of the online revenue opportunity. Online sales in Texas account for approximately $32.2 billion in annual sales revenue, yet approximately 87,000 Texas businesses still do not use or have access to broadband. In general, small businesses consider their broadband connection as essential to their business as other utilities such as water, sewer, or electricity! That’s the finding of a 2010 study from the Small Business Administration. In fact, the businesses that took part in that...

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GIS Day 2012: Discovering the World Through GIS

By CTX Staff

As we celebrate GIS Day today, it seems fitting that everyone’s attention has been on maps recently, especially with the election results last week and the devastation and recovery from superstorm Sandy. Perhaps without realizing it, everyone is taking advantage of the power of GIS. Geographic Information Systems (GIS) allow us to visualize vast amounts of data and information to better understand our physical world, political events, cultural changes, disasters, and much more. GIS Day celebrates the use of GIS to analyze diverse topics in local, state, federal, and international applications. From the breakdown of...

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Online Resources Take Stress Off Texas Voters

By CTX Staff

Contributor: Brian Caudill Election time is here! Texas has a wealth of online resources available to help you make more informed decisions on Election Day. Knowing where to vote is one of the biggest questions people have on Election Day. You can find out where to vote in Texas on Tuesday, November 6th by visiting http://votetexas.gov/voting/where/. Voters in Travis County are enjoying a new convenience beginning this election. They no longer are required to vote in their precinct. Thanks to Travis County’s Vote Center program, eligible voters will be able to vote anywhere they see a “Vote Here/Aqui” sign. That means Travis County voters...

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