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Broadband Planning

The BDO is seeking public input about broadband speeds and what threshold Texas will use to determine funding eligibility. Speed thresholds are in play after the FCC raised the national benchmark.
The Dallas-based company is upgrading networks across the state, making more than two dozen investments — $12.6 billion — in network infrastructure.
The company announced its upcoming plans in Titus County this week, one of several that will be connected to high-speed Internet with help from the Rural Digital Opportunity Fund.
Kevin Gunn recently sat down and talked about the city’s broadband partnership and planning, a key to continued growth and success for both the city and residents.
If approved by Texas voters, $1.5 billion would be used for broadband, telecommunications and 911 services.
An RFP has been issued for a vendor with specialized knowledge to analyze local government broadband needs, planning and coordination across the state.
The Broadband Development Office is making regional visits, working through BOOT applications and looking toward an updated broadband map.
Now that the state has received its BEAD allocation, concerns over this federal requirement have clouded initial enthusiasm.
The years since the COVID-19 shutdowns have seen multiple implementations get off the ground ahead of funding announcements such as this week’s $3.3 billion announcement.
Changes to the program will allow for more areas to receive grants and will also broaden requirements for Internet speed and latency.
The money comes from federal programming created during the pandemic to help address broadband shortfalls.
One county is readying to engage with vendors on ways to build a middle-mile infrastructure.
With it comes more information about which areas might receive funding for broadband deployment projects.
Although they are on top of planning, local East Texas leaders have concerns about the FCC broadband map dispute deadline.
Meanwhile, officials would like the federal government to reconsider deadlines to ensure equitable allotments.
The telecommunications leader will relocate to take on a multimillion-dollar connectivity project.
The Texas broadband office encourages participation by anyone with a stake in connectivity.
City officials anticipate most of South Pharr being ready to install fiber services by the end of December.
The group has asked for $1.2 million in order to launch the effort.
Telecoms seeking federal funding are encouraged to promote diversity and equity.
Officials have announced additional phases to their broadband project.
Multiple users will be served by the effort that is key to connectivity funds.
Texans are also using nonprofit, corporate and local resources to improve Internet access.
U.S. Rep. Henry Cuellar invited experts to speak on federal funds and connectivity.
The after-ceremony discussion included economic development and its relation to connectivity.
Final questions should be submitted by Friday regarding this request for proposal.
The state office overseeing the Broadband Development Office announced the contract award this week.
Multiple requests for proposals are due in August and some in the coming months.
The state official updated the North Texas Commission and guests on broadband, ending with a strong outlook on the state economy.
The announcement comes four years after the city was named the least connected in the nation.
Texas public entities are undertaking connectivity projects and planning with funds at hand or soon to be released.