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 is changing that.
We are two non-profit organizations who 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 are the Texas Connects Coalition. 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.
These centers serve 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.
Number of Public Computer Centers: 92
Number of workstations: 1,678
Total number of lab users: 1,261,078
Total number of training participants: 167,133
Total training hours: 2,157,878
(As of March 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.