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An aerial view of a utility truck driving down a gravel road March 20, 2023, in Nogalus Prairie, Texas.
Texas Legislature 2023

With billions of dollars on the line, East Texans say a crucial state map incorrectly shows they already have broadband

East Texans worry they could miss out on federal dollars because a state map that will help determine where the money goes shows they already have access to broadband. Residents say their broadband is chronically unreliable.


Joan Ragland poses for a portrait on March 20, 2023, in Lufkin, Texas.
Nancy Shanafelt shows the speed of her internet March 20, 2023, in Groveton, Texas.
An aerial view of power lines March 20, 2023, in Nogalus Prairie, Texas.

State map doesn’t match reality, East Texas residents say

Joan Ragland records votes on a computer from the county fair pie and cheesecake competitions March 20, 2023, in Lufkin, Texas.
Nancy Shanafelt poses for a portrait March 20, 2023, in Groveton, Texas.
Nancy Shanafelt shows off her insulin pump that sends levels to the app on her phone March 20, 2023, in Groveton, Texas.

Texas is challenging a federal broadband map

A Windstream Wi-Fi Modem at the County Seat Cafe March 20, 2023, in Groveton, Texas.
An aerial view of Groveton March 20, 2023, in Groveton, Texas.

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