by Jason Bagley and A.J. Rodriguez
Industry leaders, educators, policy makers and numerous other stakeholders have long recognized the importance of broadband and the need to provide access. While digital connectivity has certainly expanded, gaps in access and adoption persist. For the past year, access to broadband determined whether people could work from home, connect with family and friends, access health care, attend school, and take advantage of other important services. Unfortunately, far too many Texans —in both urban and rural communities — continue to lack access to the information and infrastructure necessary to fully participate in the digital era. This can no longer be acceptable.