Texas announced its initial state broadband plan on June 15, 2022. The plan compiles results from the Texas Broadband Listening Tour in 12 Texas communities, in them, state officials heard from local Texans about their experiences with broadband.
The tour found that Texans wanted reliable broadband access, faster speeds, and more affordable rates. The plan developed an initial outline of actions that Texas plans to undertake on broadband.
Texas plans to establish federally compliant grant programs and develop a map identifying broadband availability to Texas households and businesses.
This includes partnering with state agencies, nonprofits and associations that serve residents with digital literacy challenges so that Texas Broadband Deployment Office can expand its digital literacy outreach efforts.
Beyond this, Texas plans on capitalizing on federal grant program Broadband, Equity, Access and Deployment.
The plan was built on guiding principles to use existing and emerging funding sources, encourage connectivity for anchor institutions like schools and libraries, promote coordination among private and public infrastructure owners, and embrace all avenues to quality broadband service, thus removing adoption barriers for Texans.
All aspects of the plan are projected to be completed by the end of 2023, with many finishing well before then.