Glenn Hegar
Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts
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Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts
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Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts
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Technical Assistance Program (TAP)

The Broadband Development Office (BDO) has established TAP to provide additional resources to communities that need help with broadband planning. TAP will aid local governments and communities by providing assistance to identify local broadband development opportunities and prepare for forthcoming state and federal funds.

All Texas counties that lack the necessary capacity for broadband planning are eligible to participate. Leaders of a county’s Broadband Planning Committee, as verified by the committee’s certification with the BDO, are eligible to apply. Participants accepted into the program will have direct access to broadband planning and consulting services at no cost.

Counties that participate in TAP will exit the program with a broadband plan that provides:

  • A summary of the services performed in the county.
  • Access to relevant data and resource materials developed.
  • Actionable steps that can be taken to achieve their broadband goals.
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The following services are available to participating counties:

  • Stakeholder identification and outreach.
  • Asset mapping.
  • Gap analysis/community needs identification.
  • Public-private partnership identification and analysis.
  • Workforce development strategy.
  • Digital opportunities strategy/needs identification. 
  • Network design assessments.

TAP participants will not receive funds from the program, nor are they guaranteed future funding in other state or federal grant programs. All services are paid for directly by the BDO. Participation in TAP does not include any grant writing services, either directly or through consulting.

For more program guidance, see a recording of the TAP webinar.


  • Only the committee leaders of BDO-certified Broadband Planning Committees were able to apply to TAP.
  • To become certified, Broadband Planning Committee leaders were required to submit a Broadband Planning Committee Certification Form to the BDO by June 10, 2024.


  • Committee Leaders were required to submit a TAP application on behalf of their county by June 28, 2024.
  • Applicants selected to participate in TAP will be notified directly of their opportunity to participate.


  • Counties selected to participate in TAP will be assigned to a team of contracted broadband planning and consulting specialists from Cobb, Fendley and Associates.
  • The CobbFendley Team will collaborate with the participating Broadband Planning Committee to identify which services are necessary to achieve the county’s broadband goals.
  • Services that are selected will be performed by the CobbFendley Team, in collaboration with the local guidance and support of the participating Broadband Planning Committee and/or stakeholders.
  • Supporting the CobbFendley Team may look like:
    • Facilitating as a local point-of-contact. 
    • Representing the local interests and goals of the county.
    • Facilitating community outreach through localized public communication channels.
    • Providing local insight or information access to any extent necessary and possible.  
    • Providing approval of the local County Broadband Plan.  
    • Attending the presentation of the county’s plan to the BDO.  


  • Committees that successfully complete TAP will develop a greater understanding of how to bridge the digital divide within their county.
  • Participating counties are encouraged to incorporate the actionable items and resources identified by TAP into their planning and organizing efforts to achieve local community broadband goals.
  • Each Community Broadband Plan that is produced by TAP will be made publicly available to maximize the sharing of information, ideas, plans and opportunities currently taking place across the state.

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