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Blog // Connected Texas

Texans Spend $111 Billion a Year Online

By Jeremy Thacker

Texans like to shop! And now more than ever, they’re turning to the Internet to make purchases. A new Texas Online Shopping snapshot is providing some interesting insights into e-commerce across the state. For example: Texans use the Internet to place 172 million orders per year worth $111 billion! Texans place an average of 9 online orders in a year $32.2 billion of the annual money spent online by Texans supported Texas businesses. Check out all the research findings now for yourself and make sure to Follow Connected Texas on Twitter and Like us on Facebook to keep current on all the state’s technology and broadband news.

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FCC’s Lifeline Broadband Pilots Test Strategies for Promoting Broadband Adoption among Low-Income Americans

By Connected Nation

This month Connected Nation is raising awareness about digital learning programs and partners across the country. Today’s blog is shining a spotlight on the FCC Lifeline Broadband Pilot program which launched last week. These pilots are underway in several states to test how best to increase adoption of high-speed Internet among low-income Americans, a group with strikingly low adoption levels. The FCC established the Lifeline broadband pilot program last year as a competitive selection program for projects to gather data regarding what programs would result in higher adoption rates among low-income consumers.  Connected Nation is...

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U.S. Senate passes Farm Bill; Broadband Access an Economic Development Priority

By Phillip Brown

Rural gigabit broadband pilot program and other amendments underscore importance of accurate and verified broadband mapping data Yesterday, the U.S. Senate passed the Agriculture Reform, Food, and Jobs Act of 2013, S. 954, by a vote of 66 – 27.  The Senate Farm Bill is the latest iteration of an omnibus authorization bill that is known as the “Farm Bill” that is reauthorized by Congress every five years. The bill approved by the Senate yesterday would invest nearly $955 billion over the next ten years, and Title VI would continue support for rural economic development and infrastructure improvements, including notable changes to the...

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Broadband Across Texas Week Aims to Get Everyone Online

By Jeremy Thacker

Any Texan lacking the knowledge needed to use the Internet now has a golden opportunity approaching! The second annual Broadband Across Texas (BAT) Week is set for the week of June 23-29. The week includes free Internet and computer training classes at more than 90 Public Computing Centers (PCCs) across the state. Daily events are scheduled in Austin, Houston, San Antonio, and numerous rural locations in Texas. Free classes will cover topics like using a computer, navigating the Internet safely, and online job-hunting. The Texas Connects Coalition is presenting BAT Week with support from the Connected Texas initiative. All the computer...

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