Authorized by the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, the Digital Equity Act (DEA) of 2021 will fund projects that help ensure Texas residents and 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 or older 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 will develop a Texas Digital Opportunity Plan (TDOP) through various engagement opportunities.
All program information, planning documents and deadlines will be available here. Check back often.
With the National Telecommunications and Information Administration’s (NTIA) allotted State Digital Equity Planning Grant (SDEPG) funds, the BDO conducted robust and comprehensive public engagement to ensure all Texan voices were incorporated into the first draft of the TDOP.
Led by a strong focus on unserved and underserved populations across the state, the BDO administered individual and organizational surveys to understand barriers to access, conducted a statewide listening tour to engage both citizens and stakeholders, and convened statewide working groups and industry-focused task forces. The BDO continues to host monthly local government and industry roundtables.
The feedback and data gathered through these engagement efforts played an instrumental role in shaping the current draft of the TDOP. The BDO will remain committed to keeping stakeholders informed by participating in speaking engagements and conferences as well as facilitating meetings and roundtables throughout the planning and implementation processes. Learn more about the BDO’s ongoing outreach and engagement.
Using additional SDEPG funds, the BDO has multiple ongoing efforts:
The BDO, in accordance with NTIA statute, has developed a draft of the TDOP. The TDOP sets the BDO’s vision and goals for digital opportunity in the state, assesses the current state of access and barriers to digital opportunities, outlines how we will collaborate with stakeholders to address challenges, and describes the strategies and actions we will take to realize our vision and goals.
NOV. 27, 2023 – JAN. 5, 2024
The BDO made public a draft of the TDOP, which will serve as the statewide plan to increase digital opportunity for all Texas residents. We encouraged all Texans to provide feedback on the plan.
DUE TO NTIA BY FEB. 13, 2024
Following public comments and related revisions, the BDO will submit the TDOP to NTIA.
NTIA has not yet released the Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) for the State Digital Equity Capacity Grant Program. The BDO will provide updates when the NOFO has been posted and more information is available.
The NOFO will guide the office in designing a subsequent competitive grant program for entities working to advance digital literacy, device access, affordability, cybersecurity awareness and other digital opportunity initiatives in Texas.
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