Glenn Hegar
Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts
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Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts
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What we heard

To guide the strategic vision of Texas’ new Broadband Development Office, Comptroller Glenn Hegar toured 12 communities to get Texans’ insights about internet access and collect input to develop the state’s first broadband plan.

Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts Glenn Hegar, left, and Texas Broadband Development Office Director Gregory Conte collaborate with Texans regarding their broadband internet access and quality during the Comptroller’s Broadband Listening Tour.

We visited 12 cities:

  • Prairie View
  • Victoria
  • Austin
  • Fort Worth
  • Amarillo
  • Beaumont
  • Waco
  • Tyler
  • Abilene
  • El Paso
  • Edinburg
  • San Angelo

By the Numbers

We collected feedback from thousands of Texans, and sentiment has been consistent: slow data speeds, unreliable access, cost and coordination are critical areas of concern. An important, recurring theme has been the reminder that while high-speed internet may once have been a luxury, it is now a necessity. Texans need reliable, high-speed connectivity for public health, education and modern agriculture.

“Broadband internet access isn’t just a luxury;
it’s a necessity.”

“Broadband is only worthwhile for many applications — such as telehealth and agriculture — if it’s reliable.”

Don’t just take it from us — the Texas Broadband Listening Tour made its way into the news a number of times as we collected information from around the state.

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