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Internet and phone services in rural Texas threatened as state slashes subsidies for providers

A state fund that subsidizes rural network service is bleeding money. Now the state is drastically cutting the amount of money that it typically pays out to these service providers.

The a road in the town of Cactus.

“If we want to continue to pull ourselves out of this COVID economic ditch, we’re going to have to make sure that East Texas, and all of rural Texas, is connected to the entire world.”

— State Rep. James White, R-Hillister

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