WESLACO, Texas – Digital equity expert Jordana Barton has praised the cities of Brownsville and Pharr for their universal access broadband initiatives. 

Barton, pictured above, was a consultant to both Pharr and Brownsville as the two cities developed their city-wide broadband projects. She first uncovered the Rio Grande Valley’s digital divide when authoring a book about the region’s colonias for the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas. 

Barton, a principal at Barton-Garcia Advisors, recently spoke about expanding broadband opportunities in South Texas at a congressional hearing in Weslaco. After the hearing she spoke to the Rio Grande Guardian International News Service about her work in the Valley. 

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