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Broadband Internet Service (Support)

CS/SB 1560 (Ausley) and HB 1339 (Goff-Marcil) revise the duties of the Florida Office of Broadband within the Department of Economic Opportunity. The bills define “unserved” to conform to definitions adopted by federal agencies and update the definition of an “underserved” area. The bills require the Office to develop mapping programs that identify Florida’s geographic availability of broadband and assets that may be used for the further buildout of broadband infrastructure. The bills establish the Broadband Deployment Task Force to support and provide recommendations to the Office for the deployment of broadband internet service through this state. The Task Force is composed of 16 members including one representative from the Florida League of Cities. Finally, the bills establish the Broadband Opportunity Program to award grants for the expansion of broadband internet service in unserved and underserved areas of Florida. (Hughes)