Learn about planning tips and resources, as well as effective leadership strategies, from successful programs and partnerships in communities across Texas.
Determine the leadership and planning resources that are already available in Texas.
Find local champions and partners.
Research how surrounding areas are improving broadband access.
Most likely, one or more localities surrounding your community are also working toward universal coverage. Collaborating regionally is better, as larger projects save money, connect more people and score better in grant programs.
Contact every adjacent locality and learn more about their broadband efforts.
Public-private partnerships (P3s) are working relationships between public entities and a private sector company or investor that leverage respective core competencies and distribute the risks and rewards of broadband infrastructure projects.
As related to broadband projects in Texas, the Broadband Development Office encourages a public entity – city, county or special purpose district – to form a partnership with a private, commercial broadband provider to expand broadband access to as many citizens as possible.
In simple terms, a partnership means the local government entity builds community support, identifies its needs and offers its resources to the broadband provider to make broadband deployment more financially attractive to the provider. In return, the broadband provider brings its technical expertise, innovation, equipment and capital investment into under- or unserved areas in the community. In the end, both partners share the risks and costs of broadband deployment.
Local public entities
Public facilitation can bring about:
Private facilitation can bring about:
When choosing a good internet service provider (ISP) partner, communities should consider the ISP’s:
Established in 2015, CAP facilitates public-private partnerships in the state. The mission of CAP is to consult with governmental entities regarding best practices for the procurement and financing of qualifying capital projects. This includes broadband expansion projects.
CAP can provide guidance on management best practices and connect partners with telecommunication industry experts and consultants.