Rural broadband remains key issue for Loranne Ausley

Florida’s rural broadband limitations are neither new nor unique.

But more than nine months into a pandemic that’s made the deficiencies all-the-more critical, many remote Florida communities are still without reliable internet access.

Recognizing the deficiencies, Democratic Sen. Loranne Ausley plans to address the “digital divide” in the upcoming 2021 Legislative Session.

“Today, not having access to the internet means you don’t go to school,” Ausley explained. “You can’t do your homework, your parents can’t help you with your homework, your parents can’t do their job from home and they can’t access healthcare.”