Recent News // Digital Divide in Texas Highlighted by New Maps

Monday, February 16, 2015

Four million Texas households do not have access to new broadband benchmark

Austin, TX: Today, over four million mostly rural Texas households cannot access broadband with speeds that meet the FCC’s updated goal for connectivity across the country (25 Mbps download/3 Mbps upload). Recently published maps highlight the vast and primarily rural areas of the state that lack access to the new benchmark for high-speed Internet.

While most households in the state have Internet access with speeds at 3 Mbps download / 1 Mbps upload, maintaining Texas’ economic competitiveness calls for ubiquitous access to the new nationally benchmarked broadband speeds.

“Over the last five years, Connected Texas has worked closely with the Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA), to accelerate broadband technology access, adoption, and use in the rapidly evolving technology landscape in the state,” said Don Shirley, executive director of Connected Texas.  “But, staying ahead of the technology curve is a long term proposition.  Connected Texas remains committed to preserving grassroots technology leadership momentum and remains hopeful that TDA will extend funding of our partnership on behalf of rural Texas communities during this critical time.”

Over the last five years, Connected Texas, through its Connected Community Engagement and certification program, has worked closely with rural communities across the state to identify community broadband needs and provide coordinated leadership on state broadband issues:

  • To date, 1,577 Texans have formed leadership teams in 41 counties to expand their competitiveness in the ever-changing technology landscape. Five of those counties have achieved “Connected” certification.
  • 1.1 million more Texas households now subscribe to basic broadband, a 12% increase between 2010 and 2014.
  • 820,000 adults in Texas have gained the digital skills that had kept them from subscribing to broadband.
  • Connected Texas works with 200 Texas broadband providers to create a comprehensive understanding of and improve broadband access across the state.

While Connected Texas’ impact has been significant, issues remain in confronting the state's rural technology challenges. More and faster broadband for all Texans is critical for the state's long term economic competitiveness.

Download the Press Release here.

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About Connected Texas: Connected Texas, the Texas division of Connected Nation, is a public-private partnership working with telecommunications providers, business and community leaders, information technology companies, researchers, public agencies, libraries, and universities to enable economic growth and a better way of life through improved broadband Internet access, adoption, and use. For more information visit:  

See a map of Texas showing access to broadband at the national benchmark speed of 25 Mbps download/3 Mbps upload at: