TDA seeks to expand broadband connectivity, create economic development
Agency releases Request for Information to enhance broadband services
The Texas Department of Agriculture is partnering with the Public Utility Commission and other agencies to gather information from broadband providers in an effort to extend broadband connectivity to all areas of Texas.
"New communication technologies are shrinking our world, and it is essential we make sure Texans don't miss out on these new tech tools," Commissioner Todd Staples said. "Expanding broadband service is key to creating opportunities and efficiencies for all Texans, from private citizens and businesses to healthcare and education."
"We are happy to be working with the Agriculture Department on this broadband project," Barry Smitherman, chairman of the Public Utility Commission, said. "It is an important opportunity to bring broadband service to areas that do not have this valuable service today."
TDA is seeking information from qualified contractors in preparation for the release of federal funding to enhance access to broadband. The department will take input on strategies to identify and extend service to areas of the state that are underserved or unserved by broadband providers. Interested parties may access the Request For Information (RFI) by going to this website. The deadline for submitting responses to the RFI is May 15.
The mapping initiative, and related deployment projects, may be implemented through the Broadband Data Improvement Act of 2008, or the Reinvestment Act: Broadband Technology Opportunities Program.
For more information on the Request For Information, please contact Rick Rhodes at 512-463-7577 or by e-mail at Rick.Rhodes@TexasAgriculture.gov.