Connected Nation Texas Releases Broadband Maps for Every Texas County
Thursday, February 06, 2020 | Comments

Connected Nation Texas (CN Texas) released its initial updated broadband coverage maps that provide details on internet speeds and coverage for all 254 counties across the Lone Star State.

“It’s been over five years since we last updated broadband coverage maps for Texas, so it was so important for us to start there,” said Jennifer Harris, state program director, CN Texas. “When you think about how quickly technology is changing and expanding, you can imagine how much the coverage maps have changed in that time. We want to empower our local and state leaders with good data, so they can accurately identify where the need for broadband expansion is and where it isn’t.”

In addition to state level maps, each county has four maps based on four different download and upload speeds for internet service. In order to ensure that the maps are as accurate as possible, CN Texas welcomes feedback from local stakeholders. Each county map can be found here and feedback can be provided here.

“These preliminary broadband maps reflect data developed from a combination of direct provider outreach and data collection, FCC Form 477 broadband deployment filings, and independent research conducted by CN Texas,” said Ashley Hitt, geographic information system (GIS) services director, Connected Nation (CN). “We will continue to work with broadband providers to obtain more granular and detailed service area data while also collecting public feedback and conducting field validation on areas that may need further investigation or data refinements for the next series of maps in July 2020.”

“This map wouldn’t be possible, in its current form, had it not been for the participation of the broadband providers and the cooperation of the telecommunications trade associations across the state,” Chip Spann, director of engineering and technical services. “We want to take this opportunity to thank those broadband providers that worked so closely with us over the past several months. We continue to receive new, updated and more granular datasets from providers, which will be reflected in the July 2020 version of the maps.”

CN Texas is a local division of Connected Nation, a national nonprofit working to expand access, adoption and use of broadband and its related technology to all people. Connected Nation has worked with individual communities across Texas since 2009, but in 2019, thanks to funding from the Texas Rural Funders Collaborative, a statewide effort was launched to connect all Texans.

“Rural communities are being left behind; lack of infrastructure and insufficient resources have seriously hampered broadband adoption and the life-changing opportunities it provides,” said Wynn Rosser, a member of the Texas Rural Funders Collaborative. “This first-ever funder-driven broadband initiative supports largely disconnected and unserved rural Texas communities by bringing digital expertise to rural communities and ensuring accurate and objective coverage data is available. We intend to provide better access to healthcare, education, the arts, training and commerce. Rural communities will benefit from greater efficiencies in agriculture, resource management, disaster recovery, emergency response, social connections and much more.”

CN Texas is taking a four-pronged approach to improving access for all Texans: working directly with broadband providers to obtain accurate broadband service coverage areas, focusing on getting good data in decision-makers’ hands, helping people understand the benefits of broadband, and understanding how broadband access and use can be expanded to rural Texans.

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