Rural broadband projects get $223 million boost

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Florida Construction News staff writer

More than $223 million state and federal funding will help 33 Florida counties expand broadband internet service to 27,000 residential, education, agriculture, business and community locations, Governor Ron DeSantis announced this week.

Awards through the Multipurpose Facility Program will support 29 community infrastructure projects including health clinics, schools and workforce development programs. To learn more, click here.

The Federal Communications Commission recently enacted new rules for private companies’ broadband expansion efforts, aimed at preventing “digital discrimination of access to broadband services based on income level, race, ethnicity, color, religion or national origin.”

“The need for reliable broadband access has never been more prevalent, and the strain on rural communities like Hardee County has never been felt more than it is today. This investment will be incredible for our area,” said Representative Kaylee Tuck.

The federally funded multipurpose community facilities program supports construction and rehabilitation of community facilities that provide important resources to Floridians to support workforce development, educational opportunities and access to healthcare in small and rural communities. Projects include community centers, health clinics, schools and workforce development programs serving Floridians across 18 counties.

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