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Recent News // Fayette County to Receive Certified Connected Community Status

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Fayette County completes technology plan aimed to bridge technology gap and boost economy

Fayette County, TX – Today, Fayette County Judge Ed Janecka and the Fayette County Broadband Team joined Connected Texas to recognize Fayette County as a certified Connected community and releasing its Technology Action Plan.

Fayette County is only the 3rd county in Texas to hold the designation of certified Connected community. The other Texas counties with this distinction are Bastrop and Young.

Fayette County has been working with Connected Texas on the Connected Community Engagement Program. This initiative assesses the local broadband availability, identifies connectivity gaps, and establishes technology-driven goals and objectives to increase broadband access, adoption, and use for families, organizations, and businesses throughout the community. Fayette County met the requirements necessary to achieve the certified Connected community status.

"I am proud of the hard work Fayette County has put into this certification to guarantee that our community is connected,” said Libbey Scheible, CEO of INOSS, Inc. and Community Champion. “The Connected Community Engagement Program works to ensure our local businesses and residents have every advantage possible. This designation is a stepping stone into a future of further Internet connection and economic development.” 

“Fayette County is a great example of a rural Texas county benefiting from broadband connectivity,” said Tom Ferree, Connected Nation president and COO. “Fayette County has pledged to create local jobs via teleworking opportunities, perform a broadband build-out analysis in unserved areas, and identify, map, and validate broadband demand.”  

“The leadership position that this achievement represents should be an inspiration to all rural Texas communities, where far too many still face the risk of missing out on the benefits of the digital economy during this pivotal time in history,” Ferree continued. “Connected Texas is committed to ensuring more examples like Fayette County are in Texas’ future. Congratulations Fayette County on your Connected Community Certification!”

Connected Texas is working with the Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA) to continue funding this program to support more examples like Fayette County.  Connected Texas is committed to improving broadband access, adoption and use for Texas households, businesses and communities and looks forward to continuing its partnership with TDA in the weeks, months, and years to come.

For more information about the Connected Community Engagement Program, please visit

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, and 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:  



Connected Nation developed the Connected Community Engagement Program to help guide a community through an assessment of its overall broadband and technology status. Connected certified communities have measurably demonstrated their proficiency for effective access, adoption, and use of broadband-supported technologies. Connected Nation, through its partners, provides a national platform for recognizing those communities that excel across these important benchmarks. Learn more by visiting: