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Communications Services – Department of Economic Opportunity (Support)

CS/HB 969 (Drake) and CS/CS/SB 1166 (Albritton) designate the Department of Economic Opportunity as lead state agency to facilitate expansion of broadband internet service. The bills require DEO to work collaboratively with certain entities including local governments. The bills create the Florida Office of Broadband within DEO for the purpose of developing, marketing and promoting broadband internet services in this state. The bills allocate $5 million of the funds transferred to Florida’s Turnpike Enterprise for the Multiuse Corridors of Regional Economic Significance (M-CORES) program to be used for projects that assist in the development of broadband infrastructure within or adjacent to a multiuse corridor. CS/CS/SB 1166 was substituted for CS/HB 969. CS/HB 969 passed both chambers and is awaiting action by the governor. (Hughes)