BROADBAND IN TEXAS
TREAD supports expanding broadband access to rural communities in Texas. Over 2 million Texas homes don’t have high-speed internet. Additionally, only 69 percent of Texans in rural areas have access to broadband. Access to high-speed internet is not a luxury in today’s world but rather a necessity for rural communities. Rural communities rely on broadband access for telemedicine, agriculture, education, business and tourism. Expanding broadband access is a bipartisan issue and has received widespread support from the Texas Legislature.
DID YOU KNOW?
- Increasing access to digital tools could bring in $6.7 billion in increased annual sales for rural Texas businesses.
- Texas has more schools in rural areas than any other state.
- Close to 275,000 Texas students require more bandwidth for online learning.
- Nearly 25 percent of Texas farms have no access to broadband.
- Out of Texas’s 254 counties, 64 don’t have a hospital and 25 have no primary-care physician.
- Worst Connected Cities 2017, provided by the National Digital Inclusion Alliance (NDIA)
- Texas’ Digital Divide – The State of Broadband in Texas’ Rural Communities, by Lauren Mulverhill with Texas Comptroller
- Analysis: A digital divide with dire consequences for Texas – Article by