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State Resources

We have compiled information of potential grant and knowledge resources and partnership opportunities for all 50 states -- including links to relevant web sites. Please use the list to the left to find your state and see what we have. In some cases you will find statutes and regulations applicable to community fiber deployment.

Texas

Documents  |  Grant Sources  |  Legislative and Regulatory  |  Partnerships and Organizations

Documents

Broadband Maps: http://www.connectedtx.org/mapping/state

Business Survey: http://www.connectedtx.org/survey-results/business

Residential Survey: http://www.connectedtx.org/survey-results/residential

Broadband Access Charts: http://www.connectedtx.org/planning

Grant Sources

Community Connect Program: The Rural Development division of the USDA announced more than $10.3 million will be distributed among high-speed Internet providers. Interested providers must apply for the //Community Connect// grant program

Rural Texas Broadband Grants: http://www.ruraltx.org/broadband-tech/broadband-grants-available

Legislative and Regulatory

Texas prohibits municipalities and municipal electric utilities from offering telecommunications services to the public either directly or indirectly through a private telecommunications provider. (Texas Utilities Code, § 54.201 et seq.) For more information see http://www.baller.com/comm_broadband.html.

Partnerships and Organizations

Connected Texas: Under the funding of Connected Nation, Connected Texas seeks to accelerate the growth of technology in support of community and economic development, improved healthcare, enhanced education, and more effective government. http://www.connectedtx.org/

Public Utility Commission of Texas: regulates the state’s electric and telecommunication utilities, implements respective legislation, and offers customer assistance in resolving consumer complaints. http://www.puc.state.tx.us/

One Economy: The 21st Century Information and Support Ecosystem project proposes to implement a comprehensive program of computer training, wireless Internet access, broadband awareness marketing, and online content and applications to residents of 159 affordable and public housing developments and low-income communities in the state of Texas, among other localities. http://www.one-economy.com/

Texas Public Policy Foundation: 501(c)3 non-profit, non-partisan research institute. The Foundation's mission is to promote and defend liberty, personal responsibility, and free enterprise in Texas and the nation by educating and affecting policymakers and the Texas public policy debate with academically sound research and outreach. http://www.texaspolicy.com/

Texas Broadband Task Force: Created in 2009, this group includes private-sector stakeholders and representatives from the Office of the Governor, the Texas Legislature and the Public Utility Commission (PUC), will help guide efforts to make broadband services available across the state. http://www.texasagriculture.gov/tabid/76/Article/571/commissioner-staples-announces-creation-of-texas-broadband-task-force.aspx

Telecommunications and Information Policy Institute (TIPI): Originally established as a statewide resource, TIPI has grown to play a key role in advising both the public and private sectors in setting priorities and allocating resources at the state, national and international levels. As an interdisciplinary institute, TIPI engages faculty scholars from diverse colleges and departments from the University of Texas and various institutions of higher learning worldwide. http://www.utexas.edu/research/tipi/index.html

East Texas Council of Governments: voluntary association of counties, cities, school districts and special districts within a fourteen-county East Texas region. ETCOG assists local governments in planning for common needs, cooperating for mutual benefit and coordinating for sound regional development. http://www.etcog.org/1/Home.html

Texas Municipal League: exists solely to provide services to Texas cities. Since its formation in 1913, the League’s mission has remained the same: to serve the needs and advocate the interests of its members. http://www.tml.org/programs.asp

Texas Rural Innovators: non-profit organization that aims to conduct educational forums featuring speakers with outstanding experience in rural development and practitioners who have created successful programs and practices across rural America. http://www.ruraltx.org/

Texas Department of Agriculture: This state entity has an “economic development” division with a special focus on broadband: http://www.texasagriculture.gov/GrantsServices/RuralEconomicDevelopment.aspx