Broadband refers to always-on, high-speed internet access, defined by the Federal Communications Commission as internet with at least 25 megabits per second (Mbps) for downloads and 3 Mbps for uploads. Broadband access is increasingly necessary for Texans to fully participate in modern society and the economy, including business and tourism, health care and education.
However, millions of Texas households, most of which are in rural areas, do not have access to broadband. This gap between Texans with access to broadband and Texans without, often called the “digital divide,” creates unequal distribution of economic opportunity and prosperity.
The Texas Broadband Development Office (BDO) is the steward of state and federal dollars that can help Texas communities close the digital divide and increase access to reliable and affordable high-speed internet in underserved areas. Learn more about the mission of BDO here.
Looking for funding to improve broadband infrastructure in your community? Before you get started, please read through the BDO’s three-step reference guide, which provides a guide for how to identify the needs in your community and get you shovel-ready as you prepare to apply for funding opportunities.