Glenn Hegar
Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts
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Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts
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The Broadband Development Office (BDO) was established by the state legislature in 2021 to award grants, low-interest loans and other financial incentives to applicants seeking to expand access to and adoption of broadband service in designated areas determined to be eligible by the office.

Below are current and upcoming funding opportunities for applicants seeking to expand broadband in their territories.

In November 2023, Texas voters passed Proposition 8 which created the Broadband Infrastructure Fund (BIF). The BIF aims to improve broadband access and services in the state. With an initial investment of $1.5 billion, the BIF will fund 9-1-1 services and upgrades, support the Texas Broadband Pole Replacement Program and provide matching funds for the federal Broadband Equity, Access, and Deployment (BEAD) Program. Other uses of the fund being considered include establishing a Texas middle mile program, supporting new and existing workforce development programs and connecting locations such as community anchor institutions and multi-dwelling units. The fund will be in effect from 2024 to 2035.

The Pole Replacement Program aims to speed up rural broadband deployment by reimbursing a portion of eligible pole replacement costs. Eligible participants can receive reimbursements per pole, ranging from 50% of eligible costs to $5k (whichever is less). The BDO is currently researching and fact-finding to develop the program.

Program Guidance

Texas has been allocated $500.5 million through CPF to fund critical capital projects that enable work, education and health monitoring in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Administered by the U.S. Department of the Treasury with funding directed to the BDO, CPF is intended to address many challenges stemming from the pandemic, especially in rural and low- to moderate-income communities, and to help ensure all communities have access to the high-quality modern infrastructure, including broadband, needed to access critical services.

Each year the BDO will develop and publish an annual report to detail the progress of CPF funding in Texas.

2023 CPF Annual Performance Report (PDF)

The BOOT application challenge period is now closed.

The BOOT Program is funded by the CPF. BOOT will ensure Texans have the connectivity they need by funding critical broadband infrastructure projects that bring last-mile connectivity to homes and businesses across the state.

The BOOT Notice of Funds Availability was published on March 6, 2023.

The BOOT Program page outlines next steps.

The BDO is establishing the Technical Assistance Program (TAP) to augment local government and community capacities to prepare for forthcoming state and federal funds.

Any county in Texas that is seeking technical assistance will be eligible to apply to TAP and is encouraged to do so. Those awarded will be provided with direct access to broadband planning and consulting services, at no cost.

More information regarding TAP will be available soon.

Authorized by the IIJA, the BEAD Program will fund projects that help expand high-speed internet access and use. It supports infrastructure deployment, mapping and adoption, including planning and capacity-building in state offices. It also supports outreach and coordination with local communities. The program is designed to expand internet access to these priority areas:

  • Unserved locations (speeds less than 25/3 Mbps).
  • Underserved locations (speeds greater than 25/3 Mbps but less than 100/20 Mbps).

On June 26, 2023, the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) announced Texas’ allocation totaling $3.3 billion in federal funding for the BEAD Program.

  • The Five-Year Action Plan was submitted to NTIA on Aug. 28, 2023.
  • The Initial Proposal Draft was posted for public comment in November and was submitted to NTIA on Dec. 23, 2023.

The BDO expects the program to be operational in 2024.

Visit the BEAD Program page for more details.

Coming in 2024

Authorized by the IIJA, the DEA of 2021 will fund projects that help ensure Texans and Texas communities have the information technology capacity needed for full participation in our society, democracy and economy by promoting a diverse array of digital advancement projects.

These projects may include providing digital literacy and digital skills education to low-income populations, improving the online accessibility of social services for individuals with disabilities, or more accurately measuring broadband access and adoption in rural communities.

The BDO expects programs related to the DEA to be operational in 2024. In the meantime, we have developed the Texas Digital Opportunity Plan draft through various engagement opportunities.

The BDO expects programs related to the DEA to be operational in 2024.

DEA Program Guidance

Interested in participating and providing feedback on IIJA programs? Visit our outreach page for information.

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