If broadband is a lifeline, then rural Texas is in danger of dying

If broadband is a lifeline, then rural Texas is in danger of dying

In its first report to the Texas Legislature, the Governors Broadband Development Council called for the creation of a state broadband plan and a state broadband office. Texas is one of six states without a plan for enhancing broadband access.

The pandemic has highlighted the need for broadband connectivity and emphasized it is a critical issue for the states rural and unserved areas, according to the report. Almost 1 million Texans do not have access to broadband at home, and rural Texans represent about 90 percent of that number.

The report is spotlighted in a panel discussion I moderated for the Texas Tribune as part of its virtual symposium on The Future of Rural Texas.All of the free sessions will be broadcast at noon Nov. 9-13 at texastribune.org, and recordings also will be available.

 

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