Deep East Texas Council of Governments (DETCOG) is currently sponsoring a Broadband Internet study in Angelina, Houston, Jasper, Nacogdoches, Newton, Polk, Sabine, San Augustine, San Jacinto, Shelby, Trinity and Tyler Counties. DETCOG is asking the public to help by completing a survey about their internet service currently posted on the “” web site.

The study is being conducted by inCode, a division of Ericsson Inc.  They are an independent consulting firm with expertise in telecommunications.

“We believe our region has suffered from inadequate broadband internet service for too long.  We are asking for help from everyone in the region to develop a plan to address this need that is so critical to the future of our region,” said DETCOG Executive Director Lonnie Hunt.

A fiber-optic cable based broadband network has become a critical component of the modern communications infrastructure.  Such a network would serve the needs of schoolchildren, households, businesses, industries, health-care providers, local governments and utilities. “We are fast approaching the point where high speed internet access in your home is a necessity just like electrical service,” said Hunt.

DETCOG’s long-term hope is that a next-generation network infrastructure can be provided in the region.  Its desire is to develop a detailed blueprint of an actionable business & technology plan to deploy an ultra-high speed, fiber-optic, broadband “backbone” network for every part of the DETCOG  region.

For more information about the Broadband study email Bob Bashaw at “”.  You can also call him at (409) 384-5704 ext. 5302.