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Lack of Digital Literacy Prevents 1.4 Million Texans from Adopting Broadband

By CTX Staff

Contributor: John Walker, Research Analyst Digital literacy, or the skills needed to use a computer and the Internet, are important in today’s workforce, as six of ten employed adults in the United States use the Internet at work. However, 66 million Americans do not have the ability to access a computer or the Internet due to a lack of digital literacy skills. Today, Connected Texas has released a new report called “Making the Connection through Digital Literacy” to address this topic among Texans without these skills. Connected Texas found that 20% of Texas non-adopters, or 1.4 million adult Texans, say that a lack of digital literacy is...

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Inaugural Board for FirstNet Public Safety Network Announced

By Connected Nation

Today the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) within the Department of Commerce announced the composition of the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) Board.  FirstNet was created earlier this year by Congress through the Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act with the mandate to create a nationwide interoperable wireless broadband network that will enable police, firefighters, emergency medical service professionals, and other public safety officials to more effectively communicate and do their jobs.  The Act mandates the NTIA to form a FirstNet Board by August 20 comprised of 15...

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Texas Veterans Create Online Community

By Jeremy Thacker

War veterans in Texas are getting connected like never before with the state’s very first virtual Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) post! Central Texas veterans have founded VFW Post Kiernan which is connecting members and conducting business using online tools and social media. Veterans of Foreign Wars Post Kiernan is named after US Army Staff Sergeant Christopher Kiernan, who was killed in Baghdad, Iraq, on May 6, 2007. Meetings are held online and using social media, in accordance with current VFW by-laws. A 2011 Military Times survey reported in 2011 that only 13 percent of Iraq and Afghanistan veterans belong to veterans organizations that...

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