Regional Broadband Initiative

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What is this project about?

Tell us what you think about the need for regional broadband! ETCOG, through its East Texas Economic Development District (ETEDD), has been leading a Regional Broadband Initiative to develop a grassroots broadband strategic plan.

Mission and vision

  • Help the region capitalize on its strengths and opportunities related to long-term economic development
  • Create or enhance an environment conducive to job growth
  • Improve infrastructure and overall community development to improve the quality of life


What's the status of the project?

ETCOG is proud to reach a milestone in the Regional Broadband Planning Initiative to have all fourteen counties in the region engaged in the grassroots planning project! We are well on our way to developing a strategic plan for up to 70 broadband projects in East Texas.

With the help of our counties, EDCs, cities, and broadband providers, mapping has been completed in all counties to identify existing fiber infrastructure, towers, and demographics.

What's been completed?

  • Mapping work for all 14 counties
  • Project identification meetings with every county
  • Assisting each county with the development of their own rating teams
  • Identifying ISP partners for each project identified
  • Middle-mile project mapping, analysis, and cost estimates
  • Completed county-specific reports


What's next for broadband planning?

  • Complete the project identification process with each county
  • Confirm plan approval with each governing agency
  • Complete design, engineering, and budgets for each project identified
  • Roll out completed Regional Broadband Strategic Plan
  • Seek grants and other funding sources for project funding


What is this project about?

Tell us what you think about the need for regional broadband! ETCOG, through its East Texas Economic Development District (ETEDD), has been leading a Regional Broadband Initiative to develop a grassroots broadband strategic plan.

Mission and vision

  • Help the region capitalize on its strengths and opportunities related to long-term economic development
  • Create or enhance an environment conducive to job growth
  • Improve infrastructure and overall community development to improve the quality of life


What's the status of the project?

ETCOG is proud to reach a milestone in the Regional Broadband Planning Initiative to have all fourteen counties in the region engaged in the grassroots planning project! We are well on our way to developing a strategic plan for up to 70 broadband projects in East Texas.

With the help of our counties, EDCs, cities, and broadband providers, mapping has been completed in all counties to identify existing fiber infrastructure, towers, and demographics.

What's been completed?

  • Mapping work for all 14 counties
  • Project identification meetings with every county
  • Assisting each county with the development of their own rating teams
  • Identifying ISP partners for each project identified
  • Middle-mile project mapping, analysis, and cost estimates
  • Completed county-specific reports


What's next for broadband planning?

  • Complete the project identification process with each county
  • Confirm plan approval with each governing agency
  • Complete design, engineering, and budgets for each project identified
  • Roll out completed Regional Broadband Strategic Plan
  • Seek grants and other funding sources for project funding


How might increased access to community broadband have an impact on your life?

We'd like to hear your thoughts about the potential of enhanced broadband, ways ETCOG might approach the project, how likely you'd be to use this service, and your willingness to support public funding for a build-out of fiber. If you do not support this project or feel like the timing is not right given other regional priorities, please feel free to tell us that, too!

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Broadband services for the City of Coffee City, Texas would unite a divided internet service zone that currently exists and leaves many of our residents depending on satellite services, such as HughesNet and AT&T, which is cost prohibitive. GeoJan Hunter-Coffee City EDC Treasurer

GeoJan 6 months ago

Fiber will be a god send to rural customers who have been ignored by traditional phone, cable, and Internet Service Providers for years. I would hope there is some method to encourage quality, fairness in pricing and services. We don’t want to get stuck with an un-responsive provider like Sudden Link has proven to be in the incorporated areas where the population density is high. There needs to be some form of competition to keep providers responsive to customer needs and ensure they keep the delivery system in good repair and updated with current hardware.
Maybe this would be a good time to change some regulations so that local cooperatives can compete with national communications providers. Verizon, Frontier, AT&T, Suddenlink, and others have long gouged customers with extraordinary prices for Internet, Phone, and TV services while providing poor and un-responsive service. All the while ignoring citizens in lower population density areas because serving these citizens was not as profitable. Local cooperatives are not allowed to compete with these national providers although the local cooperatives have invested time and resources in building out and upgrading their infrastructure to better serve the limited customers that they provide.

Keith B 6 months ago
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