Voters in Texas strongly backed a proposal to create a $1.5 billion state fund for broadband infrastructure. The ballot measure, Proposition 8, was approved by 69% of ballot casters on November 7th.
An estimated 7 million Texans lack broadband access. The state funds will be used to help match BEAD funds from the federal government. $3.3 billion in BEAD funds (the largest allotment of any state) will flow to the Lone Star State to fund broadband deployment, mapping, and adoption when released next year.
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