Interactive map provides residents, businesses, farmers with key data points about broadband access in their area.
Walker County, Texas – The Walker County Broadband Committee just announced its findings and recommendations for improving broadband (high-speed internet) access and speeds across the county.
“I’m very excited to see the process of bringing broadband internet to the rural areas of Walker County is finally here. It’s a great day for all of us in Walker County,” said Jimmy D. Henry, Precinct 4 Commissioner, Walker County.
The committee, made up of local leaders and stakeholders, worked with Connected Nation Texas (CN Texas) to develop a Technology Action Plan for the entire area. The project is among more than two dozen across Texas taking place thanks to support provided by the Texas Rural Funders. It included a countywide survey that was launched in January 2020 to gather information on current broadband access from residents, businesses, farmers, and schools.
“We also worked with area internet service providers and other stakeholders to gather additional data points. Then, using our Connected Community Engagement Program, which has helped nearly 650 communities nationwide, we developed a plan that’s tailored for Walker County,” said Jennifer Harris, State Program Director, CN Texas. “That plan provides a summary of the current broadband landscape—including the demand for services—and a series of actionable steps that can improve internet access across the county.”
Some of the key findings and recommendations from the plan, which you can find here, include the following:
More than nine out of 10 residents (93 percent) would like to have more internet options available to them.
82.5 percent of households have access to broadband speeds of at least 25 Mbps downstream/3 Mbps upstream compared to 96.3 percent statewide.
Two out of five households said their mobile internet service is their primary internet connection at home.
CN Texas recommends, among other things:
- Completing the broadband buildout analysis
- Validating demand in underserved areas
- Developing public-private partnerships to help deploy broadband services
In addition to the Technology Action Plan, CN Texas is providing an interactive map connectednation.org/texas/walkercountyinteractive that lists broadband by type, speeds, and more.