What They Are Saying About Governor Abbott’s Call For Broadband Expansion, Vision For A Healthier Texas

17 Mar 2021


“TMA praises Governor Abbott for prioritizing three important tools to help Texas physicians care for patients: Telemedicine, so we can safely and efficiently serve more of our patients through the pandemic and beyond; improved broadband service to more Texans, so they can access telemedicine care from their doctor regardless of where they live; and steadfast resolve to increase equitable COVID-19 vaccine distribution, so more people can be protected from the virus. All of these important initiatives will reduce barriers to ensure more patients can receive health care and will empower physicians to improve the health of more Texans," said Diana L. Fite, MD, President of the Texas Medical Association. 

"The Texas Cable Association, which represents the leading broadband providers in Texas, applauds Governor Abbott for designating broadband expansion as a legislative emergency item. Cable operators have invested millions of dollars in private capital in recent years to help narrow the digital divide, and we look forward to working with the Governor and legislators to bring this vital service to even more unserved Texans," said the Texas Cable Association. 

"Texas Farm Bureau greatly appreciates Governor Abbott making broadband development a priority in our state. Over 88 percent of disconnected Texans live in rural areas. Broadband is essential to the quality of rural life and to modern agriculture. Broadband is critical for rural Texans to access education and healthcare. Texas farmers and ranchers need rural broadband to follow commodity markets, communicate with customers, and access new markets around the world. We thank Gov. Abbott for his leadership on this very important issue.” – Russell Boening, President, Texas Farm Bureau.

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