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The state of Florida has tentatively awarded a combined $77 million in broadband funding to three of the nation’s major cable companies – Cox, Charter and Comcast. The funding will cover some of the costs of bringing high-speed internet access service to locations that don’t already have service available to them.

The awards are part of $135 million announced last week. The state did not initially reveal the awardees, only the amount of funding awarded by county, but has now released the list of tentative awardees.

There are 12 tentative awardees in total.

Cox is set to take home the most funding – about $34 million for 10 projects. Charter is expected to take home about $28 million and Comcast is slated to receive about $14.7 million.

Other companies that won relatively large amounts of funding include Conexon Connect, which is slated to receive about $8.7 million, and Tritech Wireless, which is slated to receive $19.9 million. Despite the word “wireless” in its name, Tritech Wireless plans to use fiber for its builds.

The 12 companies that won Florida broadband funding in this round include:

  • Cox
  • Figgers Communication
  • Point Broadband
  • Comcast
  • Charter
  • Seminole Tribe
  • IBT Group
  • Tritech Wireless
  • Conexon Connect
  • Central Florida Electric Cooperative

The funding came through the Florida Broadband Opportunity Program. The cable companies have been big winners in previous rounds of that program.

Additional information about the Florida awards can be found at this link.

Additional information about Florida broadband, including links to state funding resources and previous Telecompetitor coverage, can be found on Telecompetitor’s Broadband Nation page for the state.

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