CONNECT THE FUTURE
TEXAS

OUR AGENDA: CONNECT MORE TEXANS TO THE INTERNET AND DO IT QUICKLY

Access to reliable, broadband internet service is more important than ever, but at least 1.23 million Texans still can’t get connected, according to Federal Communications Commission (FCC) data. The problem may be even larger. Recent data from BroadbandNow, an organization with a mission to make broadband available to all Americans, recently found that 2.1 million Texans do not have access to broadband. 

Our mission is plain and simple: we seek to shape public policy to speed deployment and encourage investment in expanding broadband access throughout Texas.

Support HB 1505

Connect More Texans To High-Speed Broadband Now

TAKE ACTION TODAY

Help Speed Rural Broadband Deployment in Texas

COMMONSENSE SOLUTIONS

The benefits of high-speed internet are undeniable. Yet, numerous barriers still exist today that slow or prevent deployment, especially in rural areas. We’re calling for commonsense solutions to address obstacles that inhibit bringing broadband to all Texans.

For example, some of the first obstacles we should tackle are unnecessary delays and the lack of comprehensive rules associated with attaching broadband infrastructure to certain utility poles in Texas.  To provide broadband service in rural areas, providers must attach much of their network infrastructure to poles.  Yet Texas has virtually no rules governing the timeframes associated with cooperative review of pole attachment requests from broadband providers and no process to fairly allocate costs between broadband providers and some utilities when poles need replacing. The result is delay and disputes that hurt the chances of efficient and timely deployment to unserved, rural areas of Texas.

Addressing these types of roadblocks will help bring high-speed broadband access to more people, and will help empower Texans to find the opportunities they need to thrive in the 21st Century.

OUR COALITION SUPPORTERS

TEXAS INTERNET ACCESS MATTERS

Approximately 1.23 million Texans, mostly in the state’s rural areas, lack access to broadband, according to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).

The high cost of replacing certain utility poles and the lack of any meaningful rules governing the periods to obtain permits to allow broadband providers to attach to these poles, particularly in rural Texas, inhibits broadband expansion.

NEWS & UPDATES

Jun 1, 2021
Connect the Future Applauds Passage of House Bill 1505, Urges Governor Abbott to Sign into Law

AUSTIN, TX – Broadband advocates at Connect the Future (CTF) Texas Read More

Mar 29, 2021
What They Are Saying: Broadband Advocates Agree HB 1505 Critical to Closing Digital Divide in Rural Texas

The Texas House Committee on State Affairs recently held a legislative hearing Read More

Mar 17, 2021
RELEASE:

We applaud Chairman Paddie for introducing this critical legislation to bring broadband connectivity to the more than one million Texans stuck on the wrong side of the digital divide. Read More

What They Are Saying in Texas

Voices across Texas recognize the impact that fair, transparent utility pole processes can have on expanding broadband deployment across our state – helping families, students, businesses, farms, and more get connected.

Join Connect The Future Texas

Do you want to connect more Texans to the future? Do you want to strengthen our economy, expand opportunity, and usher in a better future for our state and our country?

If so, we want you to stand with us.