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.
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.
The BOOT application challenge period is now closed.
The BOOT Program is funded by the Coronavirus Capital Projects Fund. 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 (NOFA) was published on March 6, 2023.
The BOOT Program page outlines next steps.
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:
On June 26, the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) announced Texas’ allocation totaling $3.3 billion in federal funding for the BEAD Program.
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 (TDOP) draft through various engagement opportunities.
The TDOP draft will be posted for public comment through Dec. 4.
Interested in participating and providing feedback on IIJA programs? Visit our outreach page for information.
Pending a Federal Award Decision
The BDO is currently seeking funding approval for the Texas Broadband Pole Replacement Program, which will reimburse up to the lesser of $5,000 or 50 percent of the costs incurred or paid by a broadband provider or pole owner to replace a pole used to deploy eligible broadband service.
Funding for this program is pending a federal award from the U.S. Treasury.