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Texas Connects Coalition has lasting effects on communities

December 31, 2013 saw the end of funding for the Texas Connects Coalition (TXC2) project through the federal Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP), but the impact of the TXC2 project is enduring.  Partners in this project, Austin Free Net and … Continue reading

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Voices From The Lab: Moving Forward

Two years ago Austin Free-Net helped Royce Hall improve his basic computer skills and find his dream job.  When the dream took an unexpected turn, he decided to come back to the organization that provided the technical and emotional support … Continue reading

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Voices From the Lab: A Second Chance

At the young age of 22, Daniel Tovar took advantage of an opportunity.  He opened the door of opportunity at Austin Free-Net in May, after being incarcerated for three years in a federal prison. “God gave me a second chance,” … Continue reading

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Austin Free-Net in the News

Austin Free-Net continues addressing digital divide By Omar L. Gallaga, Tuesday June 23, 2013–  courtesy Austin American-Statesman Everyone’s plugged in, right? The digital bubble that so quickly formed around our culture, not unlike that big shell surrounding the town of … Continue reading

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Voices From The Lab: AFN Client on FOX7 News

Man helping vets reconnect with civilian world By: Mike Warren, July 4, 2013 courtesy of FOX 7 News Charles Bishop is creating a website to help vets. It has a simple premise: the vet posts their story on the site … Continue reading

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Second Annual Broadband Across Texas Week Success

Second Annual Broadband Across Texas Week Success The Texas Connects Coalition’s (TXC2) second annual Broadband Across Texas Week (June 23-29) celebrated the spread of digital literacy and broadband technology opportunities through TXC2’s public computer centers. The theme of Broadband Across … Continue reading

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Broadband Across Texas Week

TEXAS CONNECTS COALITION ANNOUNCES SECOND ANNUAL “BROADBAND ACROSS TEXAS WEEK” Texans Invited to “Learn. Click. Do.” HOUSTON – 5/28/13 – The second annual “Broadband Across Texas Week” presented by the Texas Connects Coalition (TXC2), aims to help people across the … Continue reading

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Voices From the Lab: Retiree Learns Tech Skills for Job Search

 Two years after retiring as a Janitor for the Del Valle School District, Noe Quintanilla, realized that he needed to find a part-time job to help supplement his income. When he went back to the school district to apply for … Continue reading

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Voices From the Lab: Never Too Old to Learn

Troy Shackles and Meredith Sisnett In Troy Shackles lifetime, he has seen the invention of many consumer products that have changed our lives–the electric razor (1928), TV Remote Control (1955), handheld calculator (1967), Sony Walkman (1979), and MP3 player (1998). … Continue reading

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Voices From the Lab: Connecting Home

On the surface, Sam is like many of the people who come to Austin Free-Net (AFN) to use our technology resources at Rosewood Zaragosa to look for a job opportunity.  A man in his late 40s with a booming personality … Continue reading

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