The cable industry substantially impacts the Texas economy by directly providing jobs and through its investment and innovation initiatives.
Cable by the numbers in Texas:
- 3.8 million cable subscribers (FCC December 2016 report, released February 2018)
- 151,527 direct and indirect jobs
- 16,614 cable company workers
- At least 300 employees in each of the state’s congressional districts
- $22.6 billion economic impact
- Over 1,000 cities and communities served
- Texas has the second highest number of broadband subscribers in the United States, trailing only California. (FCC December 2016 report, released February 2018)
- Cable has more broadband subscribers in Texas than any other technology, other than mobile. (FCC December 2016 report, released February 2018)
Job growth – in the state and nationally is predicted by cable analysts to increase:
- Cable companies are branching into new service areas beyond traditional video, broadband and home phone.
- Comcast, Charter Spectrum and Altice USA – all of which serve Texans – are offering or preparing to offer mobile phone services.
- Cable operators also are expanding into home security and home automation, which will only grow as more devices become broadband connected through the “Internet of Things.”
- Comcast is set to become the first cable company to get into the home insurance business.
- Cable providers continue to invest billions of dollars to upgrade networks and deliver new technologies to their customers. This requires additional skilled technicians.