Strategic Partnership Seeks to Close the Digital Divide in Brownsville

Community-wide survey kicks off campaign to help identify connectivity needs

August 26, 2020 (Brownsville, TX)The City of Brownsville, in partnership with seven strategic local stakeholders including the Port of Brownsville, Brownsville Public Utilities Board, Texas Southmost College, The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, Greater Brownsville Incentives Cooperation, Brownsville Community Improvement Corporation and the Brownsville Independent School District announces a new campaign to help bring faster internet and better internet access to online Brownsville citizens.  

To kick off the data-driven planning initiative, the City of Brownsville is encouraging all residents to take a survey that will help them prioritize areas that need better internet connectivity with greatest urgency. 

The survey is now available online at

Citizens and stakeholders will be able to participate using a cell phone, tablet, or computer from any connected location. However, those that can complete the survey from their home or business address are strongly encouraged to do so. For those that can take the survey from home, there is an optional speed test component that will help planners map current accessibility across the community more accurately.

“During these challenging times, access and affordability factors are more important than ever before. As we think about technology advancements in our community, we need to plan with citizen needs prioritized,” Mayor Trey Mendez said. “There is a lot of benefit that comes with high speed internet connectivity. We need to be thinking carefully about how to ensure our citizens have access to telehealth, remote learning, e-commerce, e-government, smart home technology, and other important services that will help our community thrive. I am excited that so many community organizations have stepped up to partner with the city and prioritize this initiative”

In the months ahead, citizen input gathered through this survey will be overlayed with infrastructure data to help planners identify the best paths, partners, and near-term opportunities that can be leveraged for additional infrastructure development. Citizens will have until the end of the calendar year to share their feedback but planning efforts will begin as soon as actionable patterns begin to emerge from the community response.

“The Brownsville Navigation District supports the efforts to close the digital divide for our community,” said Eduardo A. Campirano, Port Director and CEO for the Port of Brownsville.
“Just as our port relies on modern transportation infrastructure, we recognize the importance of enhancing internet connectivity to benefit our existing business community, attract new business opportunities and maintain a healthy economy.”