Lawmakers should establish clear goals and metrics for broadband policy and spending and establish whether there is a true problem.
- More than $600 million in federal broadband subsidies are headed for Texas.
- In the past, such subsidies and programs have not been prudently administered in many states.
- About 6% of Texans, mostly in rural counties, do not have access to broadband internet.
- The Legislature should look toward cost-effective solutions such as community centers, middle-mile infrastructure, and revolving loan funds.
- Emphasizing private sector incentives rather than public incentives will help programs stay effective and goal oriented.