The Broadband Development Office (BDO), operated by the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts, awards grants, low-interest loans and other financial incentives to internet service providers who expand access to broadband service in underserved areas. The BDO also provides a variety of tools and resources supporting the expansion of broadband access across Texas.
Texas’ economy is becoming increasingly dependent on internet access.
Today’s students need to be technologically equipped for success in tomorrow’s workforce. Broadband can help them find and apply for jobs and gain new career skills. Broadband technology also is key to the use of distance learning.
The use of online disease management services, electronic health records, home monitoring and other services can reach Texans who don’t have easy face-to-face access to healthcare.
With advancements in technology, first responders increasingly use on wireless services to share video and other important data in order to keep people safe and save lives. They rely on dependable, available broadband to accomplish mission-critical communications that make the success of their efforts possible.
High-speed internet can help businesses generate sales, expand their reach and make purchases from larger vendor networks. A joint U.S. Chamber of Commerce and Amazon survey estimated that increased access to digital tools over three years could generate nearly $6.7 billion in increased annual sales for rural Texas businesses, while creating more than 23,000 additional Texas jobs.
Texas farmers depend on technology as much as any stockbroker or banker. Autonomous machinery, data-driven irrigation sensors and web-enabled sales platforms are just a few of the tools used in “precision” agriculture. This applies technology to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of planting, nutrient and pest management and harvesting.
The Texas Broadband Development Office was established by House Bill 5 (PDF), 87th Legislative Session. In accordance with the legislation, the office will: