The state of Florida has awarded $247 million for broadband deployments, according to a press release from Florida governor Ron Desantis. The press release shows the amount of funding awarded by county but doesn’t indicate which providers will receive the funding.
This is the same approach that the state has taken for several previous broadband funding announcements. Telecompetitor asked the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity yesterday for information about the providers that will receive the funding but did not receive an answer. We will publish that information whenever we hear back.
The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity administers the state’s Broadband Infrastructure Fund, which is the fund through which the awards were made.
According to the press release, the funding will go toward connecting 59,000 unserved and underserved businesses, homes, farms and anchor institutions. A total of 63 projects in 43 counties will be included.
The state previously awarded $226 million for broadband deployments through the Broadband Opportunity Grant Funding program.
Charter was a big winner in that program. The company was awarded $14.3 million of a total of $60 million awarded in that program last month. That came on top of $4.3 million that the company won in that program in April and $16 million that the company won in February.
Fellow cable company Comcast was awarded $48 million in February.
Another big winner in the Broadband Opportunity Grant Funding program was Conexon Connect, which was awarded $7.6 million last month and $13.3 million in April.
Additional information about the latest Florida broadband awards, including a list of awards made by county, can be found in this press release.