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Proposed Constitutional Amendment Would Expand Broadband Funding

If approved by Texas voters, $1.5 billion would be used for broadband, telecommunications and 911 services.

Proposition 8 goes to vote Nov. 7 along with 13 other amendments.

HJR 125 would amend the constitution to create “the broadband infrastructure fund to expand high-speed broadband access and assist in the financing of connectivity projects.”

Texas lawmakers made an investment in broadband development by passing a bill which would create the Texas broadband infrastructure fund — pending approval of this resolution.

With the passage of this resolution, $1.5 billion would be allocated to expand Internet availability in Texas, where some 7 million people currently lack access.

These dollars would help pay to develop and finance broadband and telecommunications services as well as 911 services. The fund will also provide matching funds with federal money from the Broadband Equity, Access and Deployment program.