Connected Nation Texas surveys show Jefferson and Hardin residents want to see improved broadband


A statewide organization is working with local governments to improve broadband in Jefferson and Hardin counties.

The two counties, in partnership with Connected Nation Texas – a statewide initiative funded by rural Texas funders to help Texans take advantage of broadband – and the South Regional Planning Commission- East Texas conducted a months-long survey to gauge residents’ wants and needs. when it comes to local broadband internet.

The survey is part of the Connected Community Engagement Program sponsored by SETRPC and funded by the Economic Development Administration Coronavirus Aid Relief and Economic Security Act.


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From the surveys, the agencies developed technology action plans, which are designed to increase high-speed internet access in the community, according to a press release.

The Connected program has helped more than 650 communities across the country develop technology action plans.

Between the two counties, more than 3,600 surveys were collected from households, agriculture, businesses, government, healthcare, higher education, K-12 schools, libraries and community organizers, public safety and other sectors.

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Here are the results of the polls collected:

Jefferson County

  • The surveys were administered from February to April
  • 1,274 surveys collected from households, with some households responding more than once
  • 96% of homes have access to broadband speeds of 100 megabits per second/10 Mbps download, which is considered necessary to run modern applications
  • 61.3% of households subscribe to a fixed Internet service. The main barriers to subscription are the lack of availability of broadband service and the cost of Internet service
  • Eight in 10 households said they would like to have improved or additional options for home internet services
  • 67% of county employed residents telecommute to some degree. More than one in five telecommutes every day

“I am grateful for the knowledge and assistance provided to the Court of Jefferson County Commissioners and to help us provide better access to Internet service for our citizens,” Jefferson County Judge Jeff Branick said. in a press release. “We are encouraged and eager to implement the plan to achieve this goal.”

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From the survey, there are three recommendations for improvement, according to the technology action plan.

  1. Create a permanent Jefferson County Broadband Team that includes leaders from each community area
  2. Build relationships with current and new broadband providers to ensure funds are spent efficiently and where they’re needed most – in unserved and underserved areas of the county.
  3. To increase broadband adoption among Jefferson County residents by providing and promoting low-cost and discounted Internet plans and subsidy programs. Promote programs that help residents overcome affordability barriers to broadband adoption, such as the Public Commission’s Affordable Connectivity Program.

Hardin County

  • The surveys were administered from February to March
  • 2,118 surveys collected from households, with some households responding more than once
  • Lack of broadband availability and cost of internet service are major barriers to adoption
  • 95.4% of households said they would like to have improved or additional options for home internet service
  • Just over 80% of households have access to download speeds of 100 mbps, considered necessary to run modern applications

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“There was outstanding participation from citizens, businesses and schools in Hardin County and as a result, our report was the first conducted in the Southeast Texas region…” the judge said. of Hardin County Wayne McDaniel in a press release.

From the survey, there are six recommendations for improvement, according to the technology action plan.

  1. Prioritizing Local Leadership in Hardin County for Broadband Access Expansion, Adoption, and Sustainability
  2. Track state and federal broadband funding as it becomes available to stay on top of opportunities
  3. Removing Barriers to Broadband Access
  4. Increasing the Digital Presence of Hardin County Public Libraries
  5. Increase Broadband Adoption and Usage in Hardin County to Increase County’s Digital Capacity
  6. Compare the Cost of Internet Services for School Districts in Hardin County

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