Recent News // Schnurman: Broadband spreads unevenly in Texas

Wednesday, June 03, 2015

Texas is a state of big economic contrasts, especially between rich and poor.

It has dozens of billionaires and a high poverty rate. It often leads the nation in job growth and minimum-wage workers. And it has a similar divide in high-speed Internet service, the utility of the modern age.

Texas ranks near the bottom as a connected state, measured by the share of residents with access to fast broadband. But in wide swaths around Dallas, Austin and Houston, fast service is available to nearly everyone.

Providers such as AT&T, Verizon and Google aggressively compete for customers in densely populated, affluent areas. That pushes cable operators, including Time Warner Cable in Dallas, to offer faster speeds and better deals.

But in most parts of Texas and the nation, people have just one choice for fast service, if that. As bandwidth goes up, competitive options usually go down, said Tom Wheeler, chairman of the Federal Communications Commission.

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