Local governments seeking to expand access to high-speed internet, or broadband, can use the GCEDD’s Regional High-Speed Internet Strategy to plan for deploying new broadband networks. The Strategy delineates steps a community should take to expand broadband, including identifying local leadership, determining existing conditions, redefining policies, examining the options for connectivity, and considering options for financing. Case studies show how the cities of El Campo and Mont Belvieu and the Brazos Valley Council of Governments expanded high-speed internet infrastructure.
Visit the Connected Nation Texas website for the most recent broadband maps of the region.
Whether it’s for business, education, or personal use, high-speed internet service, or broadband, is increasingly must-have infrastructure for communities and residents. The Gulf Coast Economic Development District’s (GCEDD) Regional Gaps in High-Speed Internet Services Report outlines the challenges the 13-county Houston-Galveston region faces in closing current gaps in broadband service, as well as potential solutions.
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Liberty, Walker, and Wharton counties are acting to improve high-speed internet (broadband) connections for residents and businesses in the counties. Connected Nation is conducting surveys to determine the communities' internet needs. Residents and business owners in Liberty, Walker, and Wharton counties are encouraged to complete the online survey. More survey responses will provide better data to help broaden the provision of high-speed internet.
Jillian Donatto Jillian.Donatto@h-gac.com 631-897-3817
Houston-Galveston Area Council