Broadband Funds Coming to Texas
Several of the latest measures passed by Congress to provide COVID relief also include funds for broadband deployment. Whether in the form of relief designed to make payments for economically disadvantaged families and students to obtain broadband service, to funds intended to support the construction of broadband facilities, several of these initiatives will bring opportunities for TTA member companies to participate in providing more service in their communities.
To coordinate these efforts, the Texas legislature is working on legislation which will create a statewide broadband office. Under the proposed legislation, this office will be part of the existing Governor’s Broadband Development Council. The office will hire staff to create policies to direct funding broadband projects across the state. It will offer grants or loans to providers who can provide broadband services to areas that are underserved. It will also begin a statewide mapping initiative, charting data provided by telecom companies to identify the areas of the state that are the most underserved. The office will oversee the deployment of broadband in those areas and ensure funds are efficiently spent on broadband projects.
TTA has been working closely with the authors of the legislation, Senator Robert Nichols, and Representative Trent Ashby, to provide industry expertise on the deployment of broadband in rural areas. We look forward to working on the implementation of this legislation and the growth of broadband in 55% of the state our member companies serve.
It is the goal of TTA to build stronger relationships and have open communication between all its members. Your story is real. Your story is important. Your story makes a difference. Our goal is to hear and share your story with folks in Austin, Texas, and Washington, D.C.TTA Board of Directors