The Florida Senate on Thursday (Mar. 3, 2022) unanimously passed a proposal that would create a framework to help expand broadband into underserved areas. Linked bills (SB 1800 and SB 1802), sponsored by Sen. Jim Boyd, R-Bradenton, would establish a program to replace poles to help extend broadband.
Sen. Loranne Ausley, a Tallahassee Democrat whose district includes sprawling rural areas, said expanding broadband and access to high-speed internet is critical. “Broadband is an essential element of living in today’s world, and there are simply too many Floridians who don’t have access to it,” Ausley said.
Boyd said the state is waiting to receive federal money that would be used for the program.
Similar bills (HB 1543 and HB 1545), sponsored by Rep. Josie Tomkow, R-Polk City, have cleared House committees and are ready for action by the full House.
By The News Service of Florida