TEXAS – Governor Greg Abbott announced that Charter Communications will invest US$1.3 billion to upgrade and expand broadband infrastructure and technology across Texas.
This investment will help Charter Communications deliver symmetrical and multi-gigabit speeds across the state, while funding rural broadband expansion for unserved and underserved Texas homes and small businesses.
“Texas is poised to bring broadband to every corner of the state, but we can’t do it without our industry partners,” said Governor Abbott.
“Charter’s US$1.3 billion investment in infrastructure and technology will help bring broadband access to more Texans. With this new investment, Texans living in the big, beautiful corners of our great state will have the same Internet access as those living in big cities. This is a critical tool to keep our economy booming, children learning and families connected to the best health care in the world,” Abbott added.
The governor was joined by Harlingen Mayor Norma Sepulveda, Charter Communications Senior Vice President of Government Affairs Adam Falk, Vice President of Government Affairs Todd Baxter and Group Vice President Tom Chiang, Texas State Technical College Regent Lizzy Putegnat and other local leaders.
Addressing a crowd of business and industry leaders, Governor Abbott highlighted legislation he signed to expand broadband access across the state, including House Bill 5 during the 87th Regular Legislative Session to help bring high-speed Internet to every corner of the state and House Bill 1960 during the 86th Legislative Session creating the Governor’s Broadband Development Council. This year, Governor Abbott also signed House Bill 9 during the 88th Regular Legislative Session, creating the Texas Broadband Infrastructure Fund, which will allocate $1.5 billion for broadband expansion.
Last year, Governor Abbott received the Broadband Trailblazer Award and Broadband Champion Award for his commitment to ensuring that all Texans have access to reliable, high-speed Internet.