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Blog // Connected Texas

FCC Offers $10 billion for Broadband Network Upgrades

By Tom Koutsky

Today, the FCC formally offered the nation’s largest telephone companies, including AT&T, Verizon, Frontier, CenturyLink, FairPoint, and Windstream, $10 billion in subsidies to offer broadband service to over 4 million homes and businesses that are currently unserved. Today’s offer is a critical step in “Phase II” of the Connect America Fund, which will subsidize the construction of 10 Mbps down/1 Mbps up broadband networks in these areas over the next six years. These providers have until August 27, 2015 (120 days) to accept or reject the FCC’s offer on a state-by-state basis. If they reject these offers, the FCC will begin to award...

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Fayette County Becomes Certified Connected Community

By Sarah Hagen

From left: Becky Garlick, director Blinn CC Schulenburg Campus; Ed Janecka, county judge executive; Don Shirley, executive director of Connected Texas; and Scott Byler, City of LaGrange economic development celebrate Fayette County’s Connected community certification. On February 19, 2015, Fayette County became the 3rd county in Texas to achieve the designation of certified Connected community. Fayette County Judge Ed Janecka and the Fayette County Broadband Team joined Connected Texas to recognize Fayette County as a certified Connected community and release its Technology Action Plan. Fayette County has been working with...

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FCC Increases Broadband Speed Target

By Connected Nation

Yesterday, the FCC voted to increase the national broadband availability target from 4 Mbps down/1 Mbps up to 10 Mbps down/1 Mbps up fixed. It could mean that faster Internet speeds will be coming sooner to communities across the nation.  Our efforts in Connected Nation states has brought quality broadband to more homes, schools, and businesses -- but as the graph below shows, there is still work to be done to meet these new goals.  Affordable, fast, Internet is bringing new opportunities and prosperity to underserved areas across the nation, and our teams are leading the way to bridge the digital divide.  Want to learn more...

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Four Projects in Texas Awarded in Rural Broadband Experiment Auction

By CTX Staff

Last Friday, the FCC released the list of the “provisional” winners of the Rural Broadband Experiment auction. The good news? Four projects in Texas have been given funding.  This was the first time the FCC had awarded Connect America Fund subsidies for fixed broadband through competitive bids. Bids were due November 7 and were awarded based on cost-effectiveness comparison to the FCC Connect America Fund Cost model. Forty projects were awarded in the $100 million budgeted for the experiments. Of these, 15 projects accounting for $41.7 million are in our Connected Nation footprint (42% of all awards). Awards were given in Iowa,...

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