SB 1238 (Sen. Nichols) amends the Government Code to build on the Broadband Development Program established by HB 5 (87R). This legislation provides updated policy and guidance for the BDO (PDF) to administer the program more efficiently. More specifically, the bill:
HJR 125 (Rep. Ashby) amends the constitution to create the Broadband Infrastructure Fund (BIF) (PDF) which, if approved by voters on the November 2023 ballot, will provide $1.5 billion in state dollars to fund broadband and emergency telecommunications infrastructure projects in Texas.
If approved by voters, the BIF will expire on Sept. 1, 2035, and any unexpended or unobligated funds will be transferred to the General Revenue Fund immediately before the expiration date.
HB 9 (Rep. Ashby et al.) dedicates $1.5 billion to the BIF (PDF), if approved by voters in November 2023. Use of the BIF is limited to the following categories:
SB 1243 (Sen. Huffman) excludes federal grants (PDF) received under the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act for the purpose of broadband deployment in Texas from the calculation of total revenue used to determine franchise tax liability.
SB 2119 (Sen. Schwertner) tasks the BDO with providing broadband data to the Public Utility Commission of Texas (PDF) to assist the commission in creating a map displaying areas in the state receiving broadband and Universal Service Funds.
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