CONNECT THE FUTURE
OUR AGENDA: CONNECT MORE FLORIDIANS AND DO IT QUICKLY
Access to reliable, high-speed internet service is more important than ever. And while 97% of Florida’s population has access to a broadband connection, which places Florida in the Top 5 ranking for broadband availability, there are still more than 804,000 Floridians without access to a wired broadband connection.
Even with more than 220 internet providers offering broadband service in the state, Florida’s digital divide is real, and the socio-economic consequences are even more stark for the 20% of Florida’s rural population that do not have access to a broadband connection. Our mission is plain and simple: we seek to shape public policy to create an environment that encourages investment in expanding broadband deployment throughout Florida.
COMMON SENSE SOLUTIONS
The benefits of high-speed internet are undeniable. Yet, numerous barriers exist today that slow or prevent broadband deployment, especially in rural areas. We’re calling for common-sense solutions to address obstacles that inhibit bringing broadband to all Floridians.
For example, we should tackle the unnecessary delays and extraordinary expenses associated with the process of attaching broadband infrastructure to utility poles owned by electric cooperatives and municipalities in Florida. To provide service in rural areas, broadband providers attach much of their network infrastructure to poles owned by municipal and electric cooperative utility companies. A common set of rules exist for investor-owned utilities like Florida Power & Light, but Florida has virtually no rules for municipal utilities and electric cooperatives. There are no timeframes for them to review pole attachment requests, no process to fairly allocate pole replacement costs, and no cap on the rental fees these pole owners can charge. This results in disputes and delays that inhibit the efficient and timely deployment of broadband to unserved, rural areas of Florida.
Addressing these types of roadblocks will help accelerate the expansion of high-speed broadband access to more people and will help ensure that all Floridians are empowered to find the opportunities they need to thrive in the 21st Century.
OUR COALITION SUPPORTERS
FLORIDA INTERNET ACCESS MATTERS
RUNAWAY POLE COSTS INHIBIT BROADBAND DEPLOYMENT
Help Speed Rural Broadband Deployment Throughout Florida
NEWS AND UPDATES
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RURAL BROADBAND ACCESS IN FLORIDA
THE ECONOMIC CONTRIBUTIONS OF COMMUNICATIONS NETWORK
INVESTMENT IN FLORIDA
WHAT THEY ARE SAYING IN FLORIDA
Voices across Florida recognize the impact that fair, transparent utility pole processes can have on expanding broadband deployment across our state can have – helping families, students, businesses, farms and more get connected.
JOIN CONNECT THE FUTURE FLORIDA
Do you want to connect more Floridians to the future? Do you want to strengthen our economy, expand opportunity, and usher in a better future for our state and our country?
If so, we want you to stand with us.