November 2013 Update
The Texas Pipes project, funded by the federal Broadband Technology Opportunities Program along with matching funds, achieved completion on September 30, 2013. The project included building 151 miles of fiber throughout the State of Texas and connecting 45 Community Anchor Institutions (CAI), more than originally anticipated at project inception. The CAIs are primarily located in rural, underserved areas of Texas.
Texas A&M University relied heavily on the efforts of Verizon and Housley Communications to place the fiber across the state. The project required extensive collaboration with numerous federal, state and local entities, as well as rural telephone companies. Additionally, the project involved the participation and support of many member institutions of The Texas A&M University System (Texas A&M University-Central Texas, Prairie View A&M University, Texas A&M University at Galveston, Texas A&M University-Texarkana, Texas A&M University-Commerce, West Texas A&M University, Texas A&M University-Kingsville, Texas A&M University-San Antonio, Texas A&M International University, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi and Tarleton State University). Without these collaborations, successful completion of the project would not have been possible.
WHAT IS BTOP?
The Broadband Technology Opportunity Program (BTOP) will bring state-of-the-art communications capacities to underserved schools and other community-serving institutions across Texas. Texas A&M University will help deploy a fiber optic broadband network to provide service to over 30 anchor institutions in 14 cities.