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March 31, 2021      3:24 PM

Texas Senate approves legislation establishing a statewide broadband plan

Democrats argue affordability of broadband internet access is also an issue in urban areas; Sen. Whitmire hopes rural Republicans getting help from Democrats on this issue would help urban legislators to also expand health insurance coverage to more Texans

A plan to expand broadband access statewide is one step closer to fruition. The Texas Senate on Wednesday passed unanimously Senate Bill 5, which would create a State Broadband Development Office based at the University of Texas System.

This office would create and publish a map identifying where regions in the state have and do not have broadband access and award financial incentives to expand access and affordability.

By James Russell

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