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