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Glenn Hegar
Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts
Glenn Hegar
Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts
Glenn Hegar
Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts

Our Mission

The Texas Broadband Development Office was established by House Bill 5 (PDF), 87th Legislative Session. In accordance with the legislation, the office will:

  • Create an accurate broadband map of eligible vs. ineligible areas for financial assistance. The map will have a challenge process to dispute any perceived inaccuracies.
  • Establish a long-term, statewide plan that addresses strategies and goals for expanding access to and further adoption of broadband service.
  • Award grants or other financial instruments to meet the goals of the plan.
  • Set the effective threshold speed for broadband service (25 Mbps download/3 Mbps upload).
  • Engage in outreach to communities regarding the expansion.
  • Address barriers for future expansion efforts.

Broadband Development Office Board of Advisors

Glenn Hegar, Chair

The Broadband Development Office Board of Advisors was created in 2021 to provide guidance to the BDO regarding the expansion, adoption, affordability and use of broadband service and the programs administered by the office.

The Board of Advisors is composed of 10 members, is chaired by the Texas Comptroller and includes a representative of the BDO as a non-voting member. The other appointees come from the Offices of the Texas Governor, Texas Lieutenant Governor and the Speaker of the House.

Glenn Hegar was elected the 36th Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts in November 2014. Hegar is Texas' chief financial officer — the state's treasurer, check writer, tax collector, procurement officer and revenue estimator. Before he was elected Texas Comptroller, Hegar served in the Texas House of Representatives and Texas Senate, where he worked on a wide range of common-sense solutions to problems affecting Texans in areas such as public education, transportation, tax reform, government transparency, Second Amendment rights, water issues and tort reform. As chair of the Sunset Advisory Commission, Hegar eliminated inefficiencies in state agencies and abolished six, saving Texas taxpayers more than $160 million. In his last session as a state senator, Hegar oversaw state and local revenue matters and helped cut $1 billion worth of taxes.

Hegar is a 1993 graduate of Texas A&M University and a graduate of St. Mary's University, where he earned a Master of Arts and his law degree. At the University of Arkansas, he earned his Master of Laws.

Broadband Development Office Staff

Greg Conte, Director

Greg Conte serves as the Broadband Development Office director. He has worked at the Texas Comptroller's office since 2016, most recently serving as manager of the Data Analysis and Transparency Division. Conte, a U.S. military veteran, earned Master of Business Administration and Master of Public Affairs degrees from the University of Texas at Austin. He has filled key management roles at the agency in areas responsible for supporting local government transparency, economic development and health care.

Governor’s Broadband Development Council

The Governor’s Broadband Development Council (GBDC) was established in 2019 by the 86th Legislature to study and identify ways to provide internet access to underserved areas of Texas. The council is composed of one nonvoting member appointed by the BDO and voting members appointed by the Governor of Texas.

Learn about the GBDC.

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HB855 Browser Statement

In 2015, the Texas Legislature passed House Bill 855, which requires state agencies to publish a list of the three most commonly used Web browsers on their websites. The Texas Comptroller’s most commonly used Web browsers are Google Chrome, Microsoft Internet Explorer and Apple Safari.

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