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Technology Prompts Adjustments to Texas Education

By Jeremy Thacker

Technology is rapidly changing education around the world. Here in Texas, the state legislature is responding with a bill that makes some significant adjustments to the Texas Virtual School Network (TxVSN). The bill impacts funding and course provider selection, reporting requirements, and course providers. The bill also requires the Texas Education Agency (TEA) to conduct a broadband study to determine the network capabilities of each school district. You can learn about all the adjustments the bill makes to the current TxVSN by reading the Texas Computer Education Association (TCEA) summary. And for the latest Texas technology and...

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Texas 2020 Vision Set for San Antonio

By Jeremy Thacker

Connected Texas will be an exhibiting sponsor at the Texas Economic Development Council's 2013 Annual Conference "2020 Vision.” The event is set for October 16-18, 2013, at the Hyatt Regency hotel (on the Riverwalk) in San Antonio. The Annual Conference program includes general sessions, breakout sessions, peer group roundtables, community economic development award's luncheon, new member orientation, board of director's meeting, exhibitor hall, golf tournament, PAC auction and networking opportunities. During the conference, Connected Texas will be discussing the access, adoption, and use of the broadband in the Lone Star...

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E-rate Reform Offers Key Opportunity to Further Close Digital Divide

By Connected Nation

The FCC is in process of reforming the Schools and Libraries Program of the Universal Service Fund -- better known as "E-rate."  Last week, the FCC received comments  from over 700 members of the public – educators, librarians, state and local government, industry members, and non-profit companies – including Connected Nation – all that are working to bridge the digital divide for our nation’s students.  Connected Nation’s comments focus on three key points that the FCC should follow as it modernizes the E-rate program:  Connectivity at the School, in the Classroom, and at Home.  Connected Nation believes that the...

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Maps of Proposed Connect America Fund, Phase I, Broadband Upgrades

By Connected Nation

Today, Connected Nation unveils a set of maps of the areas that broadband providers have proposed to receive subsidies to upgrade to broadband, as part of the FCC’s Connect America Fund Phase I. In May 2013, the FCC made available to certain broadband providers up to $485 million in one-time subsidies to build-out broadband to areas that currently do not have access to fixed broadband at speeds of 3 Mbps download/768 kbps upload. In August, these service providers filed lists of areas in which they propose to build out broadband using these one-time subsidies. These filings were based on the broadband mapping data collected by...

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