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Setting the record straight on the “open internet” debate

By:  Chelsea Collier, Senior Advisor for Texans for Economic Progress (TEP) The Day of Action was designed to raise awareness about the importance of a free and open internet. Advocates on all sides of the debate wrote, tweeted and shared their thoughts on how to ensure continued prosperity for our digital future. But there are […]






July 13, 2017 in Blog, TEP Focus

Small Cells & 5G: Using Tech To Create a Smart City Future for Texas

Starting today, the Dallas Innovation Alliance (DIA) will host a two-day conference called “Igniting a Smart Texas Revolution.” The event will focus on the emerging area of smart cities, which as defined by industry expert and Fast Company contributor Boyd Cohen is “a broad, integrated approach to improving the efficiency of city operations, the quality of life for its citizens, and growing […]






May 2, 2017 in Blog, TEP Focus

Look before you leap to conclusions on data privacy

Is all of this hysteria a case of big bad business or just another tale of boring government regulatory oversight?   We live in a frenzied world where headlines whizz by our screens at an incredible rate. Sometimes it’s difficult to keep up on the top news of the day much less dive in and […]






April 12, 2017 in Blog, TEP Focus

SXSW is almost here and Austin still waits for better WiFi

With South by Southwest (SXSW) upon us, it is as apparent as ever that we must continue to emphasize investment in Austin’s technology sector. Despite the progress that’s been made under the leadership of Mayor Adler, there are still significant steps to be taken to ensure that companies are able to invest in the very […]






March 7, 2017 in Blog, TEP Focus

Texas Legislative Session: A Look Back

The 84th Legislative Session concluded on June 1 after an action-packed 140 days.  A new Governor and Lt. Governor, in addition to many first-term elected officials, provided a new sense of adventure and an opportunity to educate and advocate for tech policy prioritization. Texans for Economic Progress always welcomes the opportunity to elevate important policy […]






July 1, 2015 in Blog, Economic Progress, TEP Focus

A Civil Discussion

By: Chelsea McCullough, Executive Director, Texans for Economic Progress Last fall, as I was seated next to Federal Communications Commissioner Ajit Pai on the stage at Texas A&M University in College Station, I took a moment to reflect. Even at the peak of the debate on the future of Internet infrastructure, which was simplistically referred […]






May 27, 2015 in Blog, TEP Focus

TEP quoted in Financial Times

It seems that everyone is talking about Texas!  Financial Times recently did a spotlight on Austin and TEP ED Chelsea McCullough took the opportunity to weigh in on how important tax and regulatory policy is to creating a strong economy. “Part of the attraction is the state’s business friendly environment, says Chelsea McCullough, executive director […]






May 12, 2015 in Blog, TEP Focus, TEP In The News

Leadership in Action

TEP has been busy in April. In addition to staying close to the Capitol in Austin, we hit the road to visit our friends across the state. Earlier this month, TEP Chairman Robert Howden visited Waco, Texas and had the pleasure of attending a town hall meeting featuring US Congressman Bill Flores. Coming from the […]






April 27, 2015 in Blog, TEP Focus

TEP’s Watch-List – 2015 Legislative Session in Full Swing

One third of the way through the 84th legislative session, our state is nearing a crossroads. The population of Texas is predicted to double by 2050, and one simple question is prominent—can Texas hold ’em? As our state is forced to innovate to keep pace with our explosive growth, the role of technology has never been […]






March 17, 2015 in Blog, Infrastructure, TEP Focus

TEP Talks Taxes in Texas CEO Magazine

Aligning Texas’ Tax System With Our Modern Economy A PRIMER ON TAX POLICY FOR THE 2015 LEGISLATIVE SESSION No one likes to talk taxes. Fewer like to talk about legislative policy. But almost everyone likes to talk about innovation and the incredible advancements we are experiencing at the hand of technology. So how do we […]






March 2, 2015 in Blog, TEP Focus, TEP In The News