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Texas Broadband Development Office Created by House Bill 5 (PDF), 87y legislative session. In accordance with the legislation, the office will:

  • Create an accurate broadband map of eligible versus ineligible areas for financial assistance. The map will include a challenge process to challenge any perceived errors.

  • Develop a statewide long-term plan that addresses strategies and objectives to further expand access and adoption of broadband service.

  • Grants or other financial instruments to achieve the objectives of the plan.

  • Set the maximum effective speed of the broadband service (25Mbps download / 3Mbps upload).

  • Engage in networking with communities regarding expansion.

  • Addressing barriers to future expansion efforts.

Broadband Development Bureau Advisory Board

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The Broadband Development Bureau’s Board of Advisors was established in 2021 to provide guidance to the BDO regarding expansion, adoption, affordability, and use of broadband service and BDO-operated programs.

The House of Councilors is made up of 10 members, is chaired by the Texas Comptroller and includes a representative of the BDO as a non-voting member. Other appointees come from the offices of the Governor of Texas, the Deputy Governor of Texas, and the Speaker of the House of Representatives.

Glenn Hegar was elected the 36th Comptroller of Texas Public Accounts in November 2014. Hegar is Texas’ chief financial officer – state treasurer, check clerk, tax collector, procurement officer, and revenue estimator. Prior to his election as Texas comptroller, Hegar served in the Texas House of Representatives and the Texas Senate, working on a wide range of rationale solutions to problems affecting Texas in areas such as public education, transportation, tax reform, government transparency, Second Amendment rights, water issues and damage reform . As chair of the Sunset Advisory Committee, Hegar eliminated the shortcomings of state agencies and eliminated six of them, saving more than $160 million for Texas taxpayers. In his final session as a senator, Hegar oversaw state and local revenue matters and helped cut $1 billion in taxes.

Hegar is a 1993 graduate of Texas A&M University and a graduate of Saint Mary’s University, where he received a Master of Arts and a law degree. He holds a master’s degree in law from the University of Arkansas.

Adriana Cruz He has over 20 years of leadership experience in economic development, marketing and international business.

In October 2019, Cruz was appointed to lead the governor’s office for economic development and tourism. As CEO, Cruz provides leadership for business and community development, economic development finance, Texas Tourism, the Texas Workforce Investment Council, the Texas Music Bureau, and the Texas Film Commission. Prior to this appointment, Cruz was President of the Greater San Marcos Partnership. Previously, she served as Vice President of Global Corporate Recruitment at the Austin Chamber of Commerce.

Cruz was appointed in April 2020 by Governor Greg Abbott to the Strike Force Open Texas, a team of nationally recognized private and public leaders formed to advise the governor on the safe and strategic reopening of Texas.

In January 2020, Governor Abbott Cruz appointed Cruz to the Advisory Council on Cultural Affairs and appointed her Vice Chair of the Council. In 2021, Governor appointed Cruz to the Texas Shipping Advisory Committee. Cruz also serves on the Texas Economic Development Board and the Texas Workforce Investment Board.

From 2016 to 2019, Cruz served on the Texas Economic Incentive Supervisory Board. In 2016, she won an award Austin Business Journal Profiles in Power: The Central Texas Award for Influential Women. Cruz has a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with a major in Marketing from the University of Texas at Austin, has been married for 34 years to her husband Rick and has three older children who live in the Austin area.

Adriana Cruz was appointed to the Broadband Development Bureau’s Board of Advisors by Governor Greg Abbott on December 9, 2021.

Jennifer Harris He is the director of the Texas State Program for the Connected Nation, a national 501(c)(3) nonprofit that has been tackling the digital divide for more than 20 years. Provides oversight for the collection and analysis of broadband data and the development of broadband advancement strategies that address access, adoption, and use among residents, businesses, and organizations. Appointed in January 2020, Jennifer served as an inaugural member of the Governor’s Broadband Development Board until her appointment by Governor Abbott to the Board of Advisors for the Broadband Development Office in December 2021.

Having worked in state government since 2005, Jennifer has held a wide range of jobs in the public sector. Her professional experience includes legislative, public policy, communications, and government affairs work with the Texas Legislature, policy and communications work for the Florida Department of Education, along with a variety of roles in local and state political campaigns.

Jennifer received her BA in Business Administration with a focus in Marketing from the McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas at Austin. She received a master’s degree in Public Service and Administration from the Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M University.

Jennifer Harris was appointed to the Broadband Development Bureau’s Board of Advisors by Governor Greg Abbott on December 9, 2021.

Broadband Development Office Staff

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Greg Conti is the Director of the Broadband Development Office. He has worked in the Texas Comptroller’s Office since 2016, most recently serving as the Director of the Data Analysis and Transparency Division. Conti, a United States military veteran, holds an MBA and a Master of Public Affairs from the University of Texas at Austin. He held key management positions at the agency in areas responsible for supporting local government transparency, economic development, and healthcare.

Governing Broadband Development Council

The Governor’s Broadband Development Council (GBDC) was created in 2019 by the 86th Legislature to study and determine ways to provide Internet access to underserved areas of Texas. The Board consists of one non-voting member appointed by the BDO and voting members appointed by the Governor of Texas.

Learn about GBDC.

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