Commentary: Keeping rural Texas communities connected

Texans are no stranger to the challenge of accessing not just reliable but affordable internet connectivity. In fact, according to the Benton Institute, as of June, Texas had 777,000 homes and businesses with no internet access. This digital divide, disproportionately affecting isolated rural areas, forces residents in these communities to travel great distances to receive basic access to health care, schooling and more. In late 2021, a solution to this was included in the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act: the Affordable Connectivity Program, or ACP.  More than 1.6 million Texas households have enrolled since. If this broadband-specific program is not extended, many of these households will find themselves unserved once again.

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