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Texas State Broadband Office

Texas State Broadband Office Overview

Texas Broadband Grant Award Status

BEAD: $3.31 B

Texas 5 Year Plan
Initial Proposal v1
3
Initial Proposal v2
4
Challenge Window
5
Application Window
6
Awards Announced

Treasury Capital Projects Fund: $500.5 M

Treasury Approved
2
Application Window
3
Awards Announced

Broadband Office Name:
Texas Broadband Development Office

Parent Department:
Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts

Texas Broadband Director

Greg Conte

About Texas Broadband Development Office

Governor Greg Abbott in June 2021 signed into law multiple House and Senate bills focusing on broadband.

Texas established its Broadband Development Office in August 2021. The BDO is located in the Office of the Comptroller of Public Accounts. The state legislature tasked the BDO with awarding grants and loans and providing other incentives in the interest of expanding access to broadband in underserved areas.

Texas' utilities code defines “broadband” as internet connections that provide end users with data upload and download speeds of 25 Mbps x 3 Mbps, “delivered to a user via several technology platforms including cable, digital subscriber line (DSL— through a phone line), fiber optics, fixed wireless, mobile wireless, and satellite.”

The BDO is responsible for managing the $500 million of the Capital Projects Fund from the federal American Rescue Plan Act.

Texas is still working on developing a state broadband plan. The state Comptroller Glenn Hegar announced that he's conducting a listening tour in the spring and summer of 2022.

The BDO also has a new Board of Advisors as of 2021. It's comprised of business community leaders and a school superintendent. They are: Sergio Contreras, president and CEO of the Rio Grande Valley Partnership. Contreras previously served as Executive Director of the Pharr Economic Development Corporation and worked for AT&T for 19 years; Robert F. McGee, the Senior Vice President of Telecom Operations at Quanta. McGee has over 20 years of experience in the broadband industry and is a U.S. Army veteran; and Scott R. Muri, the Superintendent of Ector County ISD. Muri previously served as the Superintendent of Spring Branch ISD and Deputy Superintendent of Schools at Fulton County Schools (GA).

These advisors complement the 15-member Broadband Development Council.

One of the Texas Broadband Development Office’s mandates is to create a broadband availability map indicating eligible vs. ineligible areas for financial assistance. When complete, this map will include a challenge process to dispute inaccuracies. Estimated completion: January 2023.

Texas Broadband Articles

Texas Broadband Investment Maps

Texas broadband investment map ready strength rank

Texas Map of Ready Strength Rank

Texas broadband investment map yield on cost

Texas Yield on Cost Maps

Texas broadband investment pricing and competition map

Texas Pricing & Competition Map

Texas broadband investment map business establishments

Texas Map of Business Establishments in Underserved Areas

Texas broadband investment map small business establishments

Texas Small Business Establishments Map

Texas broadband investment map REC coverage

Texas Rural Electric Cooperative (REC) Coverage Map

Texas broadband investment map anchor institutions

Texas Map of Anchor Institutions

Texas broadband investment map provider coverage

Texas Provider Coverage Maps

Texas broadband investment map BSLs

Map of Texas Broadband Serviceable Locations