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    Texas is 254 counties strong. That's a lot of experience and know-how state lawmakers can rely on when making public policy decisions. County officials across Texas are ready to help.

    Publications | August 21, 2023


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    Broadband Expansion 

    Gov. Greg Abbot has named broadband expansion an emergency item for the 87th Texas Legislature. A top priority for counties, broadband expansion has long been an important issue, but it is even more critical as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to evolve.

    County government officials and staff are often the first tasked with navigating and meeting resident need associated with the state’s lack of broadband connectivity.

    The lack of connectivity in rural Texas creates barriers for accessing telepsychiatry and telemedicine, as well as online learning for rural students. These same challenges have appeared in economically disadvantaged urban communities.

    Helpful Resources

    For more information contact:

    Legislative Consultant
    Megan Molleur
    (800) 456-5974