Voices across the Sunshine State recognize the positive impact that fair, transparent utility pole processes can have on expanding broadband deployment across our state to help families, students, businesses, farms, and more get connected.

These are just a few of the comments that leaders and organizations across the state have made on this issue:

“In Florida, we believe in expanding opportunities for students. Without access to a reliable internet connection or a computer, education options are limited. Florida works best when we come together to find solutions.”

– Florida House Speaker Chris Sprowls

“With many studying, working and seeking health care from home during COVID-19, internet access is more important than ever before. Congress must act and must act now to help ensure Americans living in rural parts of our country can participate in school, work and other activities vital to our everyday lives.”

– Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody

“This underscores the importance of harnessing the private sector to ensure our children can learn, grow and achieve their God-given potential. If a student does not have access to technology or internet connectivity necessary for homework, it’s a disservice to their educational journey.” 

Florida First Lady Casey DeSantis

“Thousands of rural Floridians will soon have access to high-speed internet service thanks to $191M awarded by @FCC.  I look forward to doing more to address the digital divide during this upcoming session.”

– Florida House Speaker-designate Chris Sprowls

“Governor DeSantis and the Florida Legislature continue to champion programs that help Florida’s rural communities generate sustainable economic growth through infrastructure, which will attract businesses and support a highly-trained workforce. Our team looks forward to working with Florida’s rural communities to help improve the lives of Floridians by investing in and transforming local economies.”

– Executive Director of the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity Dane Eagle

“This historic auction is great news for the residents of so many rural Florida communities, who will get access to high-quality broadband service in areas that for too long have been on the wrong side of the digital divide. We structured this innovative and groundbreaking auction to prioritize bids for high-speed, low-latency services to deliver the best results for rural Americans, and the results show that this strategy worked.”

– Former FCC Chairman Ajit Pai

“Broadband is on the way! Broadband infrastructure expansion in rural areas is very important to me and my district. The $191M awarded by the FCC is a great addition to the significant investments Internet Service Providers have already made to help bridge the digital divide.”

– Florida State Representative Josie Tomkow

“Great for FL’s rural communities, esp with more Floridians working/learning from home. Access to digital infrastructure is also vital to our 1st responders & economic growth. #FlaPol @FCC @Comcast @CharterNewsroom @CoxComm @MediacomCable @AtlanticBBinc”

– Florida State Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis