AUSTIN, Texas – Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar says his office can help cities in the Rio Grande Valley access funding for broadband infrastructure.

Or, more specifically, the Texas Broadband Development Office can. The Comptroller’s office oversees the TBDO.

On Tuesday of this week I was able to secure an exclusive interview with the Comptroller about broadband. In the interview, Hegar confirmed that the digital divide is more prevalent in the RGV than most other places. But, he said, help is at hand.

Hegar also spoke about broadband legislation currently moving through the Texas House and Senate. He said this legislation will help provide more funding for the TBDO.

The TBDO was established by House Bill 5 during the 87th Legislative Session. Two Rio Grande Valley leaders are on the committee. Alonzo Cantu was appointed by Speaker of the House Dade Phelan and Sergio Contreras was appointed by Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick.

Here is my exclusive interview:

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