TREAD supports expanding broadband access to rural communities in Texas. Over 2 million Texas homes don’t have high-speed internet. Additionally, only 69 percent of Texans in rural areas have access to broadband. Access to high-speed internet is not a luxury in today’s world but rather a necessity for rural communities. Rural communities rely on broadband access for telemedicine, agriculture, education, business and tourism. Expanding broadband access is a bipartisan issue and has received widespread support from the Texas Legislature.