P3s continue to spread across Texas

By Berry Craig IV
P3 Kentucky Staff Writer

Reliable high-speed internet is an issue nationwide. We’ve covered stories on cities and municipalities using P3s to increase internet speeds in Missouri and South Carolina.

Bridgeport, Texas may be next on that list. Kids have resorted to hanging out at fast-food restaurants to get online and do homework.

A new cable is coming to town under a public-private partnership between the small Wise County city and a private company.

“It’s going to be kind of a next-generation kind of thing,” said Kevin Lopez, a city council member in Bridgeport, about 45 miles northwest of Fort Worth. “Business or manufacturing weren’t coming out: we didn’t have the infrastructure in place.”

To meet demand, local entities, such as an economic development corporation, are turning to public-private partnerships, or P3s, to address a variety of needs.

“In addition to small city public-private partnerships for redevelopment, infrastructure and amenity projects, there are numerous examples of P3s that address broadband, water and wastewater facility operations and parking garages,” Mary Scott Nabers, of Austin-based Strategic Partners Inc., wrote recently. “New small city public-private partnerships are also emerging in the areas of smart lighting, solar energy, municipal facilities consolidation and green storm water infrastructure.”

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