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Texas task force created for broadband expansion

15 Jul, 2009

Texas Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples recently announced the creation of a state broadband task force that will bring broadband to rural parts of Texas.

The task force will work with the Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA) and the Public Utility Committee (PUC) to maximize broadband penetration throughout the state. Funds from the Broadband Data Improvement Act of 2008 and the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act made this collaboration possible.

In discussing the aspirations and possibilities that come with the new task force, Commissioner Staples said:

"Broadband connectivity allows communities to attract new businesses, create more jobs and opens doors to the global economy. High-speed Internet access improves educational and healthcare opportunities, and allows rural families to live in the country, but stay connected to the urban world. This new task force is a first step to ensure no Texan gets left behind on the information highway."

For a complete list of task force members, as well as the state agencies serving as advisory staff, click on the Texas Broadband Task Force link at www.texasagriculture.gov. To view the Notice of Funds Availability issued by USDA and USDC click here.

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