Lawmakers should establish clear goals and metrics for broadband policy and spending and establish whether there is a true problem.

Key Points

  • 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.