Texas Connects Coalition

Texas Connects Coalition logo, which is has a red and blue mouse with a white Lone Star

Computer and broadband Internet access is a resource improving the lives of many Texans; however, without  the technology tools or the knowledge to use them, under-resourced  communities can fall behind.

The Texas Connects Coalition changed that.

 

Two non-profits joined forces in 2009 to create a collaborative plan joined forces in 2009 to create a collaborative plan of action to provide technology tools and computer literacy training to underserved communities across Texas. Together we formed the TXC2.  Thanks to a Broadband Technology Opportunity Program grant from the U.S. Department of Commerce, we have impacted the lives of over 1,000,000 Texans at 92 public computer centers across 17 counties.

The Public Computer Centers have served some of Texas’ most vulnerable populations. As education, employment and empowerment become increasingly digital, these under-resourced communities are left even further behind.

When we provide education, training and access to broadband technology, we provide more than a computer and education – we provide opportunities to Texans.  Through the government grant, the coalition provided support for:

Number of Public Computer Centers: 94

Number of workstations: 1,675

Total number of lab users: 1,771,045

Total number of training participants: 214,583

Total training hours: 3,105,518

(As of August 2013)

Austin Free-Net was formed in 1995 when it became clear that lack of access would prevent many in the Austin community from enjoying the opportunities of a new technology: the Internet. Today, Austin Free-Net is one of the nation’s premier providers of technology education to low-income and underserved communities.

Technology for All was created in 1997 in response to the nation’s growing technology gap, especially in lower-income communities. TFA’s programs empower men, women, children and seniors, and the communities in which they live through broadband Internet access, technology tools, training and education.

 

Please view our website at www.techforall.org, and contact us to learn more about what we can do together.