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About Us

The Office of Broadband works with local and state government agencies, community organizations and private businesses to increase the availability and effectiveness of broadband internet throughout the state, specifically in small and rural communities. Through these partnerships, the Office encourages investment in grant funding opportunities for the broadband program that focus on the expansion of broadband.

Directives

Under sections 288.9961, 288.9962, 288.9963, Florida Statutes, the Office of Broadband is responsible for:

  • Developing, marketing and promoting broadband internet services in the state;
  • Creating a strategic plan to increase the use of broadband internet services in the state;
  • Reviewing and verifying public input regarding transmission speeds and availability of broadband internet services throughout the state;
  • Building and facilitating local technology planning teams, especially with community members from the areas of education, healthcare, business, tourism, agriculture, economic development and local government; and
  • Participating in the Federal Communications Commission proceedings that are related to the geographic availability and deployment of broadband internet in Florida.
  • Establishing the Broadband Opportunity Program to award grants to applicants who seek to expand broadband to unserved areas, and rulemaking for the program (subject to appropriations).
  • Developing geographic information system (GIS) maps of broadband internet service availability throughout the state.

Survey on the Availability and Accessibility of Broadband Internet

The Florida Office of Broadband's Survey on the Availability and Accessibility of Broadband Internet is now closed. Your responses will be used to help the office identify the status of broadband internet in your area and understand how you define broadband expansion. View the Broadband Survey Results

Florida Broadband Virtual Workshops

The Florida Office of Broadband partnered with the Florida Regional Councils Association to host 10 virtual workshops where participants discussed broadband internet accessibility. Industry sector and community leaders within each region were invited to participate. These industry sectors included education, healthcare, private business, community organizations, agriculture, tourism, parks and recreation, economic development, local governments and internet service providers.

View the Workshop Summary that was compiled from the virtual workshop discussions and polls. To provide more information on the regional virtual broadband workshops, the PowerPoint presentations and recordings are available below.

Workshop Recordings


State of Florida Minimum Internet Download Speeds Map

The Florida Office of Broadband has started procuring a vendor to develop, by June 30, 2022, geographic information system maps of broadband internet service availability throughout this state in a manner that is consistent with the FCC's new reporting standards.

Rural Digital Opportunity Fund Auction Award Update

The Rural Digital Opportunity Fund (RDOF) is a Federal Communications Commission program designed to close the digital divide in the United States by investing in the construction of rural broadband networks. Through an auction bidding process, more than $191 million over a 10-year period was awarded to 10 broadband providers in the state of Florida. View the Bidder Results Summary by State. You may also view the Awards by Levels of Service Associated with the Winning Bids Map. The service tier is based on download speed, upload speed, usage allowance, and latency.

DEO proudly promotes the RDOF program and Florida broadband providers' participation in the program; however, the funding is not awarded through DEO. If you have additional questions about the program, please contact the Federal Communications Commission directly. 

State and Federal Funding Opportunities

Entities interested in expanding broadband in their communities may apply for the following funding opportunities. The below opportunities are updated regularly.

Florida Department of Economic Opportunity 

Rural Infrastructure Fund

  • Program Website: Rural Infrastructure Fund
  • Program Overview: Facilitates the planning, preparing and financing of traditional economic development or nature-based tourism infrastructure projects that encourages job creation and capital investment in rural communities.
  • Program Purpose Specific to Broadband: Eligible projects and uses of funds may include improving access to and the availability of broadband Internet service. Eligible uses of funds shall include improvements to broadband Internet service and access in unserved or underserved rural communities. Improvements to broadband Internet service and access must be conducted through a partnership(s) with one or more dealers registered with the Department of Revenue as a provider of communications services in Florida. Partnership(s) must be established through a competitive selection process that is publicly noticed.
  • Eligible Entities: Eligible Applicants are units of local government within an area designated as a Rural Area of Opportunity or a rural county or community as defined by Section 288.0656, Florida Statutes.
  • Funding Amount/Cycle: Rural Infrastructure Fund base funding ($3.6 million) application cycle is open-ended through June 30, 2021, or until all available funds are awarded.

Florida Department of Education

General Resources - Internet

  • Program Website: General Resources - Internet
  • Program Overview: Internet resources for families and teachers to support students returning to school.
  • Program Purpose Specific to Broadband: Internet access.
  • Eligible Entities: Teachers and families.
  • Funding Amount/Cycle: Programs are available year-round.

Florida Internet and Television (FIT)

Linking Florida

  • Program Website: FIT Member Low-Cost Internet Programs 
  • Program Overview: FIT members have programs to further bridge the digital divide by offering Floridians discounted internet service for around $15 per month.
  • Program Purpose Specific to Broadband: FIT, representing Florida’s five major internet providers, is finding ways to further provide essential internet services that are critical for students to continue another year of education — whether that is learning from home or completing homework at the kitchen table at the end of the school day.
  • Eligible Entities: Public housing residents, low-income veterans, seniors, students and low-income households may qualify.

Federal Communications Commission

Emergency Broadband Benefit Program

  • Program Website: Emergency Broadband Benefit Program 
  • Program Overview: The Emergency Broadband Benefit Program was established to help lower the cost of high-speed internet for eligible households during the on-going COVID-19 pandemic. Offers up to $50/month discount for broadband services; up to $75/month discount for broadband services for households on Tribal lands; and a one-time discount of up to $100 for a laptop, desktop computer, or tablet purchased through a participating provider. The Emergency Broadband Benefit is limited to one monthly service discount and one device discount per eligible household.
  • Program Purpose Specific to Broadband: Broadband services and equipment discounts. 
  • Eligible Entities: A household is eligible if one member of the household meets at least one of the criteria below: qualifies for the Lifeline program; receives benefits under the free and reduced-price school lunch program or the school breakfast program, received a Federal Pell Grant during the current award year; experienced a substantial loss of income since February 29, 2020; meets the eligibility criteria for a participating providers' existing low-income or COVID-19 program.
  • Funding Amount/Cycle: On May 12, 2021, eligible households will be able to enroll in the program to receive a monthly discount off the cost of broadband service from an approved provider. Eligible households can enroll through an approved provider or by visiting the Emergency Broadband Benefit Program Website. Congress approved $3.2 billion for the subsidies.  Program will end when the fund runs out of money or six months after the Department of Health and Human Services declares an end to the COVID-19 health emergency, whichever is sooner. 

Emergency Connectivity Fund (ECF)

  • Program Website:  Emergency Connectivity Fund  
  • Program Overview: The purpose of the program is to help schools and libraries provide the tools and services their communities need for remote learning during the COVID-19 emergency period. ECF will help provide relief to millions of students, school staff, and library patrons and will help close the Homework Gap for students who currently lack necessary Internet access or the devices they need to connect to classrooms.
  • Program Purpose Specific to Broadband: For eligible schools and libraries, the ECF Program will cover reasonable costs of laptop and tablet computers; Wi-Fi hotspots; modems; routers; and broadband connectivity purchases for off-campus use by students, school staff, and library patrons. 
  • Eligible Entities: Schools, libraries, and consortia of schools and libraries (e.g., regional or statewide groups of schools or libraries that apply together) that are eligible for support under the FCC's E-Rate Program and Tribal libraries eligible for support under the Library Services and Technology Act may request and receive support through the Emergency Connectivity Fund.
  • Funding Amount/Cycle: $7.17 billion for Fiscal Year 2021-22. The initial ECF Program application filing window will open on June 29 and close on August 13. During the application filing window, eligible schools, libraries, and consortia of eligible schools and libraries, can submit requests for funding to purchase eligible equipment and services between July 1, 2021 and June 30, 2022.

E-Rate Program

  • Program Website: E-Rate Program
  • Program Overview: The schools and libraries universal service support program, commonly known as the E-Rate program, helps schools and libraries obtain affordable broadband. Discounts for support depend on the level of poverty and whether the school or library is located in an urban or rural area. The discounts range from 20 percent to 90 percent of the costs of eligible services.
  • Program Purpose Specific to Broadband: Funding may be requested under two categories of service: services to a school or library (telecommunications, telecommunications services and Internet access), and services that deliver Internet access within schools and libraries (internal connections, basic maintenance of internal connections, and managed internal broadband services).
  • Eligible Entities: Libraries and K-12 schools.
  • Funding Amount/Cycle: E-rate program funding is based on demand up to an annual Commission-established cap of $4.15 billion.  Funding will be fixed five-year budget cycle with no roll over for unspent funds.  

United States Department of Education

General Resources - Internet

  • Program Website: General Resources - Internet
  • Program Overview: Internet resources for families and teachers to support students returning to school. 
  • Program Purpose Specific to Broadband: Internet access. 
  • Eligible Entities: Teachers and families.

Improving Basic Programs Operated by Local Educational Agencies, Title 1, Part A

  • Program Website: Improving Basic Programs Operated by Local Educational Agencies, Title 1, Part A
  • Program Overview: The Elementary and Secondary Education Act, Title I, Part A, provides financial assistance for Local Education Agencies and schools with high numbers/percentages of children from low-income families to help meet state academic standards.
  • Program Purpose Specific to Broadband: Minor remodeling, consistent with 34 CFR Part 77, to improve the academic achievement of students served by Title I. 7.
  • Eligible Entities: State/local governments and rural recipients.
  • Funding Amount/Cycle: $16 billion for Fiscal Year 2020. Not available currently.

Promise Neighborhoods

  • Program Website: Promise Neighborhoods
  • Program Overview: The program provides funding to support eligible entities for broadband infrastructure, adoption and other broadband purposes.
  • Program Purpose Specific to Broadband: Broadband infrastructure (e.g., construction), broadband adoption, digital skills training, mobile hotspots and hotspot data plans.
  • Eligible Entities: Libraries, K-12 schools, higher education institutions and tribal entities.
  • Funding Amount/Cycle: $16 billion for Fiscal Year 2020. Not available currently. 

Rural and Low-Income School Program and the Small, Rural School Achievement Program

  • Program Website: Rural and Low-Income School Program and the Small, Rural School Achievement Program
  • Program Overview: The purpose of these two grant programs are to provide poor, rural districts with financial assistance to address the unique needs of rural school districts that frequently lack the personnel and resources needed to compete effectively for Federal competitive grants and receive formula grant allocations in amounts too small to be effective in meeting their intended purposes.
  • Program Purpose Specific to Broadband: Broadband infrastructure (e.g., construction), digital skills training, mobile hotspots and mobile hotspot data plans, minor remodeling, consistent with 34 CFR Part 77, to improve the academic achievement of students served by the program.
  • Eligible Entities: K-12 schools and rural recipients who are under the local education agencies for the rural and low-income school program.
  • Funding Amount/Cycle: $93 million for Fiscal Year 2021. Not available currently. For more information about funding, view the Small Rural School Achievement Program Applicant Information

Student Support and Academic Enrichment Program, Title IV, Part A

  • Program Website: Student Support and Academic Enrichment Program, Title IV, Part A
  • Program Overview: To help eligible Institutions of Higher Education to become self-sufficient and expand their capacity to serve low- income students by providing funds to improve and strengthen the academic quality, institutional management, and fiscal stability of eligible institutions.
  • Program Purpose Specific to Broadband: Broadband infrastructure (e.g., construction), digital skills training, mobile hotspots and mobile hotspot data plans, minor remodeling, consistent with 34 CFR Part 77, to improve the academic achievement of students served by the program.
  • Eligible Entities: K-12 schools and state/local governments.
  • Funding Amount/Cycle: $1.8 million for Fiscal Year 2020. Not available currently. 

Strengthening Institutions, Title III, Part A

  • Program Website: Strengthening Institutions, Title III, Part A
  • Program Overview: To promote student achievement and preparation for global competitiveness by fostering educational excellence and ensuring equal access.
  • Program Purpose Specific to Broadband: Broadband infrastructure (e.g., construction), broadband adoption, digital skills training, mobile hotspots and hotspot data plans.
  • Eligible Entities: K-12 schools and higher education institutions.
  • Funding Amount: $1.2 billion for Fiscal Year 2020. Not available currently. 

Strengthening Historically Black Colleges and Universities Program, Title III, Part B

  • Program Website: Strengthening Historically Black Colleges and Universities Program, Title III, Part B
  • Program Overview: This program provides financial assistance to Historically Black Colleges and Universities to establish or strengthen their physical plants, financial management, academic resources and endowment-building capacity.
  • Program Purpose Specific to Broadband: Broadband infrastructure (e.g., construction), broadband adoption, digital skills training, mobile hotspots and hotspot data plans.
  • Eligible Entities: Higher education institutions.
  • Funding Amount/Cycle: Not available currently.

United States Department of Agriculture

Distance Learning & Telemedicine Grants

  • Program Website: Distance Learning & Telemedicine Grants
  • Program Overview: The Distance Learning and Telemedicine program helps rural communities use the unique capabilities of telecommunications to connect to each other and to the world, overcoming the effects of remoteness and low population density.
  • Program Purpose Specific to Broadband: Acquisition of broadband facilities; audio, video and interactive video equipment; terminal and data terminal equipment; computer hardware, network components and software; inside wiring and similar infrastructure that further DLT services; acquisition of instructional programming that is a capital asset; acquisition of technical assistance and instruction for using eligible equipment.
  • Eligible Entities: State and Local Governments, Tribal Entities, Nonprofit Organizations, For-profit businesses, Consortia of eligible entities.
  • Funding Amount/Cycle: Approximately $25M for minimum grant amount of $50,000 and the maximum grant amount of $1,000,000.

Rural Business Development Grants in Florida

  • Program Website: Rural Business Development Grants in Florida
  • Program Overview: This program is designed to provide technical assistance and training for small rural businesses. Small means that the business has fewer than 50 new workers and less than $1 million in gross revenue.
  • Program Purpose Specific to Broadband: Technology-based economic development and acquisition or development of land, easements, or rights of way; construction, conversion, renovation of buildings; plants, machinery, equipment, access for streets and roads; parking areas and utilities.
  • Eligible Entities: Higher Education Institutions, State and Local Governments, Tribal Entities, Rural Cooperatives (if organized as a private nonprofit corporation), and Nonprofit Organizations.
  • Funding Amount/Cycle: There is no maximum grant amount; however, smaller requests are given higher priority. There is no cost sharing requirement. Contact the Area Office for more information.

Telecom Infrastructure Loan Program

  • Program Website: Telecom Infrastructure Loan Program
  • Program Overview: This program provides financing for the construction, maintenance, improvement, and expansion of telephone service and broadband in rural areas.
  • Program Purpose Specific to Broadband: Broadband infrastructure (e.g., construction) and broadband financing.
  • Eligible Entities: State and Local Governments, Tribal Entities, Commercial/Internet Service Providers, Non-profit Organizations, Small Businesses, Electric Utilities/Co-ops, and Financial Institutions.
  • Funding Amount/Cycle: Cost-of-money loans: fixed rate at current U.S. Treasury rates depending on loan maturity at time of each advance. Loan Guarantees: fixed rate primarily from the Federal Financing Bank (FFB). Interest rates (Treasury rate plus 1/8%) vary depending on call options and the interim maturity rate selected at each advance, which may be as short as 90 days, with auto-rollover. Current rates available online, scroll down to “Treasury Constant Maturities” add 0.125% for FFB rate.  Hardship loans: fixed interest rate of 5% for up to 20 years and requires special qualifications. 

Community Facilities Direct Loan and Grant Program

  • Program Website: Community Facilities Direct Loan and Grant Program
  • Program Overview: This program provides affordable funding to develop essential community facilities in rural areas. An essential community facility is defined as a facility that provides an essential service to the local community for the orderly development of the community in a primarily rural area, and does not include private, commercial or business undertakings.
  • Program Purpose Specific to Broadband: Public Computer Access.
  • Eligible Entities: Public Entities, Tribal Entities, and Community-based Nonprofit Organizations.
  • Funding Amount/Cycle: Low interest direct loans, grants, a combination of the two above, as well as our loan guarantee program. For more information, contact your local USDA Rural Development Office

Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI) Foundational and Applied Science Program

  • Program Website: The Community Connect Grant Program
  • Program Overview: The AFRI Foundational and Applied Science Program supports grants in six AFRI priority areas to advance knowledge in both fundamental and applied sciences important to agriculture. The six priority areas are: Plant Health and Production and Plant Products; Animal Health and Production and Animal Products; Food Safety, Nutrition and Health; Bioenergy, Natural Resources and Environment; Agriculture Systems and Technology; and Agriculture Economics and Rural Communities. Research-only, extension-only, and integrated research, education and/or extension projects are solicited in this Request for Applications (RFA).
  • Program Purpose Specific to Broadband: Examine the private and public returns to expanding broadband infrastructure into rural areas, the barriers to broadband deployment and adoption and the mechanisms that might ameliorate those factors. Examine the potential relationship between access to broadband and health outcomes, educational attainment, entrepreneurship, and job growth. Examine how broadband availability can directly or indirectly impact public-health crises including COVID-19, opioid abuse and suicide.
  • Eligible Entities: 1862 Land-Grant Institutions, 1890 Land-Grant Institutions, 1994 Land-Grant Institutions, For-profit Organizations Other Than Small Businesses, Hispanic-Serving Institutions, Individuals, Native American Tribal Orgs, not Federally recognized Tribal Governments, Nonprofits with 501(c)(3) IRS status, other than Institutions of Higher Ed, Nonprofits without 501(c)(3) IRS status, other than Institutions of Higher Ed, Other or Additional Information (See below), Private Institutions of Higher Ed, Small Business, State Agricultural Experiment Stations, State Controlled Institutions of Higher Education
  • Funding Amount/Cycle: A total of $290 million during Fiscal Year 2020 - 2021.  Application period is July 17, 2020 - July 29, 2021. 

Rural Economic Development Loan and Grant (REDLG) Program

  • Program Website: Rural Economic Development Loan and Grant Program
  • Program Overview: The Rural Economic Development Loan and Grant program provides funding for rural projects through local utility organizations. USDA provides zero-interest loans to local utilities which they, in turn, pass through to local businesses (ultimate recipients) for projects that will create and retain employment in rural areas. The ultimate recipients repay the lending utility directly. The utility is responsible for repayment to USDA.
  • Program Purpose Specific to Broadband: Broadband Infrastructure (e.g., construction).
  • Eligible Entities: Commercial/Internet Service Providers and Electric Utilities/Co-ops.
  • Funding Amount/Cycle: Up to $300,000 in grants and $1 million in loans is available. The intermediary applies to USDA for funding support on behalf of specified local projects. Projects may commence after application submission, but there is no guarantee of approval. USDA funds are issued to the intermediary at project completion. 

Rural Business and Industry (B&I) Guaranteed Loan Program

  • Program Website: Rural Business and Industry Guaranteed Loan Program
  • Program Overview: The Business and Industry program bolsters the availability of private credit by guaranteeing loans for rural businesses. This program improves the economic health of rural communities by increasing access to business capital through loan guarantees that enable commercial lenders to provide affordable financing for businesses in eligible rural areas.
  • Program Purpose Specific to Broadband: Broadband Financing.
  • Eligible Entities: Higher Education Institutions, State and Local Governments, Commercial/Internet Service Providers, Electric Utilities/Co-ops and Financial Institutions.
  • Funding Amount/Cycle: $20 million was provided under the CARES Act.

United States Department of Commerce

Public Works and Economic Adjustment Assistance Programs including CARES Act Funding

  • Program Website: Economic Development Administration - Public Works and Economic Adjustment Assistance Programs including CARES Act Funding
  • Program Overview: Public Works and Economic Adjustment Assistance (EAA) programs provide economically distressed communities and regions with comprehensive and flexible resources to address a wide variety of economic needs. Projects funded by these programs will support work in Opportunity Zones and will create and retain jobs, increase private investment, advance innovation, enhance the manufacturing capacities of regions, provide workforce development opportunities, and grow ecosystems that attract foreign direct investment.
  • Program Purpose Specific to Broadband: Planning (e.g., feasibility), broadband Infrastructure (e.g., construction), broadband adoption, digital skills training, smart cities and district organization of an EDA-designated Economic Development District
  • Eligible Entities: County governments, private institutions of higher education, native American tribal governments (federally recognized), nonprofits that do not have a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education, public and state controlled institutions of higher education, state governments, nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education, special district governments, and city/township governments.
  • Funding Amount/Cycle: Due to the extraordinary level of interest in EDA's CARES Act Recovery Assistance there has been an unusually high volume of applications received. Prospective applicants are strongly encouraged to contact their applicable EDA Regional Office representatives to discuss their needs and the availability of funds. Prospective applicants can find current contact information for EDA Regional Office staff at www.eda.gov/contact/. Awards range from $100,000 to $30 million. There are no submission deadlines for this opportunity.

Connecting Minority Communities Pilot Program - National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA)

  • Program Website: NITA Grant Program: Broadband Infrastructure 
  • Program Overview: The National Telecommunications and Information Administration will administer this $285 million grant program, which will fund Internet access services and equipment for minority-serving institutions, their students, and surrounding communities. This grant program will not fund infrastructure projects.
  • Program Purpose Specific to Broadband: For higher education recipients, grants are intended to support remote learning initiatives. For minority business enterprises and nonprofits, grants are intended to support daily operations.  Eligible equipment includes Wi-Fi hotspots, modems, routers, laptops, tablets, and other Internet-connected devices. 
  • Eligible Entities: Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU), Tribal Colleges and Universities (TCU), Minority-Serving Institutions (MSI), and consortiums led by an HBCU, TCUs, HSIs or MSI, including a minority business enterprise or a nonprofit organization in the surrounding community. 
  • Funding Amount/Cycle: No timeline or funding amount. Please check NTIA’s website for updates on the application timeline as they become available. Based on the grant’s language, the program will give preference to applicants obtaining necessary devices and equipment for students, funding digital literacy initiatives, and hiring and training technology personnel. Of the total awards given through the program, at least 40 percent of grants must be made to HBCUs and their surrounding communities.

Promote Broadband Expansion Program - National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NITA)

  • Program Website: NITA Grant Program: Broadband Infrastructure 
  • Program Overview: The National Telecommunications and Information Administration will administer this $300 million grant program, directed to partnerships between a state or local government, and a service provider capable of providing fixed broadband service to areas that do not have broadband access, especially rural areas.
  • Program Purpose Specific to Broadband: Fixed broadband with priority given to project proposals that: are designed to provide broadband  to the greatest number of households in an eligible service area, focus on rural areas, and designed to provide service of not less than 100/20 Mbps.
  • Eligible Entities: State or local jurisdiction of a state and a service provider capable of providing fixed broadband service.
  • Funding Amount/Cycle: No timeline or funding amount.  Please check NTIA’s website for updates on the application timeline as they become available. All grant funds must be expended within a year of being awarded. 

Broadband Infrastructure Program

  • Program Website: NITA - Broadband Infrastructure Program
  • Program Overview: The Broadband Infrastructure Program provides new federal funding for the Assistant Secretary to make grants on a competitive basis for the deployment of broadband infrastructure. The Act authorizes grants to covered partnerships for covered broadband projects, defined as competitively and technologically neutral projects for the deployment of fixed broadband service that provides qualifying broadband service in an eligible service area.
  • Program Purpose Specific to Broadband: The Broadband Infrastructure Program makes grants on a competitive basis based on these priorities:
    1. To provide broadband services to the greatest number of households in an eligible area; and
    2. projects that are the most cost-effective, prioritizing such projects in areas that are the most rural; and
    3. provide broadband service with a download speed of not less than 100 megabits per second and an upload speed of not less than 20 megabits per second; and
    4. any other covered broadband project that meets the requirements of the NOFO.
  • Eligible Entities: A governmental entity (either a State or a political subdivision of a State that must be included in a covered partnership) must serve as the lead applicant for the covered partnership and would enter into the grant agreement with NTIA and assume primary operational and financial responsibility for completing the project should an award be made.
  • Funding Amount/Cycle: NTIA will make up to $288,000,000 available for federal assistance under the Broadband Infrastructure Program. NTIA expects to make awards for a one year period (with possible exceptions) under this program within the following funding range: $5,000,000 to $30,000,000. Complete applications must be received by www.grants.gov no later than 11:59 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) on August 17, 2021.

United States Department of Treasury

Coronavirus Capital Projects Fund (CCPF)

  • Program Website: Coronavirus Capital Projects Fund
  • Program Overview: The CCPF will address many challenges laid bare by the pandemic, especially in rural America and low- and moderate-income communities, helping to ensure that all communities have access to the high-quality, modern infrastructure needed to thrive, including internet access. 
  • Program Purpose Specific to Broadband: The Capital Projects Fund thus allows for investment in high-quality broadband as well as other connectivity infrastructure, devices, and equipment. In addition to supporting broadband, it also provides flexibility for each state, territory, and Tribal government to make other investments in critical community hubs or other capital assets that provide access jointly to work, education, and health monitoring.  
  • Eligible Entities: States, territories, and Tribal government. $10 billion for Fiscal Year 2021-2022.  Check website to receive update on when application will be received. 
  • Funding Amount/Cycle: $10 billion for Fiscal Year 2021-2022.  Please check the website provided above for more information on when applications will be received. 

The Internet and Television Association (NCTA) & EducationSuperHighway (ESH)

K-12 Bridge to Broadband Program

  • Program Website: K-12 Bridge to Broadband Program
  • Program Overview: The program has established a national framework of principles that enables cable broadband providers to work directly with school districts to 1) confidentially share information to quickly identify students without broadband at home and 2) enable the school districts to purchase internet service for low-income families through sponsored service agreements.
  • Program Purpose Specific to Broadband: Cable broadband providers that have committed to this unique initiative offer broadband service to 80% of U.S. homes or 110 million housing units.
  • Eligible Entities: K-12 schools. To search for sponsored service options to connect your students at home, visit EducationSuperHighway Bridge to Broadband.

For More Information

For additional information regarding the Office of Broadband, please contact Katie Smith, Director, Office of Community Partnerships, at 850-717-8445 or by email at Katie.Smith@deo.myflorida.com.

Other Broadband Resources

  • BroadbandUSA's Speed Demonstration Tool - BroadbandUSA's Speed Demonstration Tool is designed to help you make smart, strategic decisions regarding your data needs. The speed demonstration tool lists typical internet uses and the data required for those uses. 
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