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TEXAS CABLE COMPANIES APPLAUD NEW BROADBAND EXPANSION LAWS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE​​​​​​

Contact: Kirsten Voinis
(512) 922-7141 or [email protected]

TEXAS CABLE COMPANIES APPLAUD NEW BROADBAND EXPANSION LAWS

The Texas Cable Association (TCA) and its five member cable providers applaud the signing into law of two bills to expand broadband access – House Bill 5 and House Bill 1505.

The following statement can be attributed to TCA President Walt Baum:

“Texas has taken a huge step toward expanding vital broadband access for Texans across the state now that Gov. Abbott has signed into law House Bill 5 and House Bill 1505. The Texas Cable Association and our five member cable companies are proud to have worked with state leadership and legislators to pass these important measures. We will continue to support implementation of these laws and will work with legislators to make sure they are fully funded in order to be successful. The laws will complement existing programs and investment by cable operators to get more individuals online.”

House Bill 5: 

☑️ Creates the Broadband Development Office within the Comptroller’s Office. The office will:

Prepare a state broadband plan that establishes goals for greater access and adoption of broadband service.

Create a broadband development map classifying each designated area in the state as eligible (fewer than 80% of addresses with access to broadband) or ineligible (more than 80% access to broadband).

☑️ Establishes a Broadband Development Account in the general revenue fund. The account would consist of legislative appropriations, gifts and grants, and federal money received by the state for broadband development. The Broadband Office would award grants, low-interest loans, and other financial incentives for the purpose of expanding access to and adoption of broadband service in eligible areas. 

☑️ Protects funding distributed through the Federal Communications Commission’s Rural Digital Opportunity Fund (RDOF).

☑️ Prevents overbuilding.

☑️ Limits grants to unserved areas only and establishes a challenge process for grants.

House Bill 1505:

☑️ Strengthens the framework that governs the relationship between electric cooperatives and cable operators and improves the path to courts if there are disputes in reaching those agreements.

☑️ Gives broadband providers nondiscriminatory access to electric cooperative poles and clarifies some of the terms by which a broadband provider obtains this access.

☑️ Creates the Broadband Pole Replacement Fund. The Fund is open to parties ultimately responsible for paying pole replacement costs in areas served by all pole owners in the state, including electric cooperatives and investor or municipal owned utilities. Providers will be eligible to apply for reimbursements for a portion of the costs of pole replacements that are necessary to get broadband service to customers in unserved areas.

Cable broadband in Texas:

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TCA (www.txcable.com) has been the primary trade organization for cable operators in Texas since 1960. Members include Altice USA, Charter Communications, Comcast, Sparklight and Vyve Broadband. Follow TCA’s activities on Facebook (www.facebook.com/texascable) and Twitter (www.twitter.com/texascable).  

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 SPECTRUM IMPLEMENTS NEW PROCEDURE FOR 988 DIALING COMPLIANCE

Spectrum today announced the implementation of a new 10-digit dialing procedure for Spectrum Voice customers and Spectrum Business Voice clients in Texas, allowing users to easily reach the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline via the new 988 dialing code when it launches in July 2022.

While seven-digit dialing will remain enabled for several months, beginning October 24, all local calls will require customers dial the area code followed by the seven-digit phone number in order for a call to be completed. Additionally, important safety and security equipment, such as medical alert devices and alarm systems should be programmed to use 10-digit dialing. Beginning July 16, 2022, dialing 988 will automatically route calls to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. Prior to next year’s launch, customers must continue to dial 1-800-273-8255 to reach the hotline.

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CABLE LAUNCHING NEW STEPS TO KEEP TEXANS AND U.S. CONNECTED

The Texas Cable Association (TCA) is working with its company members that provide high-speed broadband to ensure that all Texans can stay connected at a time when being connected is more important and necessary than ever. TCA has issued the following statement, followed by a roundup of steps our member companies – Altice USA (Suddenlink services), Charter Communications (Spectrum Services), Comcast and Sparklight (formerly Cable One) – are taking.

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CABLE PREPARED TO HELP KEEP TEXAS, U.S. CONNECTED

As Americans are increasingly turning to broadband for work, school and other activities during the country’s national COVID-19 (coronavirus) emergency, the Texas Cable Association (TCA) has issued the following statement, which can be attributed to TCA President Walt Baum:

“The Texas Cable Association is working with our members that provide high-speed broadband to ensure that all Texans can stay connected at a time when being connected is more important and necessary than ever. We also are working closely with state leadership to make sure Texas has the tools it needs to help our state during this time, including using our capabilities to get credible, accurate information out to Texans.

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WALT BAUM NAMED PRESIDENT OF THE TEXAS CABLE ASSOCIATION

Walt Baum has been named president of the Texas Cable Association (TCA) after a search by the TCA Board of Directors. Baum will take the helm at TCA on Sept. 17. He most recently has been executive director of the Texas Public Power Association (TPPA) since December 2015.

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TCA BOARD ELECTS 2018-2019 EXECUTIVE OFFICERS

Members of the Texas Cable Association (TCA) Board of Directors have elected the 2018-2019 Executive Committee and Board of Directors for one-year terms. TCA has been the primary trade organization for cable operators in Texas since 1960.

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RYAN WEISEMAN JOINS TEXAS CABLE ASSOCIATION STAFF

Longtime Texas Capitol staffer Ryan Weiseman has been hired by the Texas Cable Association (TCA) to serve as its legislative director. Weiseman joins Velma Cruz, recently hired as TCA’s vice president and general counsel, as the TCA government affairs team.

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VELMA CRUZ JOINS TEXAS CABLE ASSOCIATION

Velma Cruz, an experienced telecommunications public policy lawyer, has joined the Texas Cable Association (TCA) as vice president and general counsel as the 85th Texas legislative session gets underway.

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TEXAS CABLE OPERATORS AND HISTORY® HONOR MILITARY VETERANS WITH “TAKE A VETERAN TO SCHOOL” EDUCATION INITIATIVE

Texas cable operators, with support from the Texas Cable Association (TCA), are honoring the state’s military veterans and connecting them with Texas schoolchildren as part of cable programmer HISTORY’s annual Take a Veteran to School initiative surrounding Veterans Day.

A number of Texas legislators and other elected officials are expected to participate in programs held in their local communities through Nov. 11.

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