Texas Digital Inclusion Conference Showcases Economic Gains

  • Connected Texas
AUSTIN, TX – Finding healthcare information online saved Texas broadband subscribers an average of 2.4 trips to the doctor and 2.4 trips to the emergency room in the past year, which translates into a statewide savings of $7.6 billion annually. This is one of the findings that came of a report released at the conclusion of the Digital Inclusion in Texas Conference and Colloquium, sponsored by Connected Texas, last week at the LBJ School of Public Affairs. The report, titled "How Broadband Impacts the Texas Economy," shows the various ways that Texas broadband adopters save money by using broadband service.

Also among the report's findings:

  • Texas broadband subscribers report that they drive an average of 165.6 fewer miles per month as a result of subscribing to home broadband service. This results in an estimated annual savings of $11.2 billion in driving costs, plus a reduction of 17.8 billion pounds of CO2 emissions.

  • Texas broadband subscribers are able to do things faster with broadband, resulting in an estimated 15 hours per month that can be spent with family, developing a small business, or helping in their communities. Statewide, Texas broadband subscribers save an estimated 2.1 billion hours per year, worth approximately $22 billion annually.

  • On average, each Texas broadband subscriber saves an estimated $3,161 per year as a result of driving fewer miles, doing things faster, and making fewer trips to the doctor or emergency room.

  • The combined savings of broadband adoption on the Texas economy is $40.9 billion. An additional $700 million is saved for every 1 percent increase of broadband adoption across the state.


“The results of this new report make it clearer than ever just how much there is to be gained by having every Texan connected to the Internet,” said Connected Texas Executive Director Don Shirley. “That’s why events like this weekend’s Digital Inclusion Conference and Colloquium are so important as we join forces with state and national leaders in an ongoing effort to find new ways to bring broadband technology to every person in Texas.”

Research from Connected Texas, a subsidiary of Connected Nation that operates as a non-profit in the state of Texas, has also shown the importance of digital literacy training, such as Connected Texas’ Every Community Online program, and availability of public computing centers such as libraries, to bridge the broadband adoption gap that was spotlighted at the two-day Conference and Colloquium. The event was co-hosted by Connected Texas and held at the University of Texas at Austin. Other summit sponsors include Texas Connects Coalition, The Technology and Public Policy Program at the LBJ School of Public Affairs - UT Austin, and the Telecommunications and Information Policy Institute, UT Austin.

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