Election Day: November 7th
Early Voting: October 23rd
Vote "YES" on Proposition 8
This year, Texas legislators voted to create a constitutionally dedicated fund to help ensure all Texans are able to utilize broadband internet.
Now, it's up to Texas voters to finish the job.
Proposition 8, on this November's Constitutional Amendment Election ballot, empowers Texans with a chance to vote to authorize the creation of the Texas Broadband Infrastructure Fund and invest in a healthier, smarter and safer Texas.
Prop. 8 Will Make Texas Safer, Smarter and Healthier
Enhancing Public Safety
Networks require proper investment to deliver reliable broadband service in our evolving, interconnected world.
Prop. 8 allows for funding to address critical upgrades for public safety and next generation 9-1-1 services.
Improving Health Care
Broadband access can reduce the burden of time and distance to access quality care for providers and patients.
Prop. 8 will make telemedicine available to more Texans than ever before.
Students need access to high-speed internet to ensure they can fully participate in modern learning environments—both at home and in the classroom.
Broadband access delivers the tools that schools need to help kids become digitally literate.
Prop. 8 Can Close the Digital Divide
Two million Texas homes don’t have access to broadband. 1
Three million Texans can’t utilize broadband due to social and economic challenges. 2
Four of the five least-connected cities in the country are in Texas. 3
Texas Broadband Development Planning is Underway
In 2021, the Texas Legislature passed laws to establish the Texas Broadband Development Office (BDO) within the office of the Comptroller of Public Accounts.
The newly created office is tasked with establishing a long-term, statewide plan that addresses strategies and goals for expanding access to and further adoption of broadband service.
More information on broadband in Texas including benefits of access, leadership helping address the critical need and the BDO Toolkit for community leaders can all be found on the Broadband Development Office website.
Texas must allocate additional resources to close the digital divide:
Federal and state legislators recognized the need for public investment in these critical projects and made significant funding available.
These resources will bring more projects to completion than private investment alone. However, more is needed to reach every corner of Texas.
Now is the time for Texas to ensure long-term, sustainable funding for the continued expansion and maintenance of broadband.
Decades of bi-partisan government policies promoted the private-sector investment in resilient broadband infrastructure and made this possible, but to move rapidly to serve those with unmet needs further investment is necessary.
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