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(AUSTIN) — Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar is kicking off a Texas broadband listening tour to get Texans’ insights about internet access and collect input to develop the state’s first broadband plan.

Texans are being asked to share input via this online survey. Feedback will be collected through May 5.

Texas’ new Broadband Development Office (BDO)

was established during the regular session of the 87th Legislature to award grants, low-interest loans, and other financial incentives to expand access to broadband service across the state.

The office also will do the following:

  • create and update a state broadband plan for closing the digital divide in Texas;
  • create a broadband map indicating areas eligible for financial assistance;
  • secure federal funding for broadband expansion initiatives;
  • engage in outreach to communities regarding the expansion and adoption of broadband service and the programs administered by the BDO;
  • serve as the state’s subject matter expert for federal funding to help local communities expand access; and
  • create and administer the Texas broadband pole replacement program aimed at bringing broadband to unserved areas of the state.

For more information about the BDO, go to the Comptroller’s website.