Hernandez: Every other city in the RGV can have high speed Internet as fast as Pharr’s

PHARR, Texas – Every other city in the Rio Grande Valley can have high speed internet as fast as that of Pharr. All they need is for their leaders to have the will to make it happen. This is the view of Pharr Mayor Ambrosio Hernandez. Speaking at a groundbreaking ceremony for the city’s much-heralded […]
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Arms named interim chief of FIRST in Texas Foundation

EDINBURG, Texas – The leader of FIRST RGV has taken on a key leadership role with the FIRST in Texas Foundation. Jason Arms, pictured above, was one of the original founders of the nonprofit FIRST RGV in 2015 to make FIRST’s popular robotics competitions more accessible for students in the Rio Grande Valley through local representation. Now he […]
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Lawmaker disputes AT&T’s claims about digital divide

EDINBURG, Texas – State Rep. Terry Canales has disputed claims by an AT&T executive that 94 percent of Texans have access to broadband. Canales, D-Edinburg, was one of three state lawmakers to speak about the digital divide during a webinar hosted by Edinburg Chamber of Commerce. The others were state Sen. Juan Hinojosa, D-McAllen, and […]
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Podcast: How Jordana Barton became the Valley’s champion for eliminating the digital divide

MCALLEN, Texas – Jordana Barton says her upbringing in a colonia in South Texas helped shape her choice of career – as a champion for investment in low-income communities. Barton is perhaps best known in the Valley for authoring the Texas Border Colonias Study for the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas. That led to her […]
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Watch: Gonzalez: Digital Divide is ‘major crisis’ for RGV

EDINBURG, Texas – The outgoing executive director of Region One Education Service Center says the digital divide in the Rio Grande Valley should be considered a “major crisis.” Cornelio Gonzalez retires at the end of January, 2021. In an exclusive Zoom interview with Ron Whitlock of Ron Whitlock Reports, Gonzalez spoke about the high number […]
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FIRST RGV adds online Robotics courses

LA JOYA, Texas – The summer camps put on by FIRST RGV to give students the chance to build robots would sometimes draw hundreds of attendees. One of the main features of our success over the past five years with summer camps was the camaraderie built up as students worked in collective spirit in a […]
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