Texas Medical Association (TMA) President Diana L. Fite, MD, addressed the Texas Governor’s Broadband Development Council’s recommendations to create a state broadband plan and develop a funding program to support broadband expansion to unserved areas in Texas.
“TMA supports the Texas Governor’s Broadband Development Council’s call for funding and focused planning, prioritizing this initiative that ultimately could help improve the health of all Texans.
“Our vast state needs sufficient broadband infrastructure to serve the millions of Texans living in the thousands of square miles of rural area currently without sufficient internet access. Texas physicians know this means not only are those patients likely miles away from a physician and health care but also they’re likely disconnected from telemedicine, a particularly important tool during a pandemic.”
TMA is the largest state medical society in the nation, representing more than 53,000 physician and medical student members. It is located in Austin and has 110 component county medical societies around the state. TMA’s key objective since 1853 is to improve the health of all Texans.