Sarasota Herald-Tribune

The bill creates a Florida Office of Broadband that will, among other things, collect more specific data from citizens about broadband access.

A new law could help increase broadband internet access in Florida’s rural underserved communities — starting with more accurate data.

House Bill 969, “Broadband Internet Service,” was signed by Gov. Ron DeSantis on June 9. It assigns broadband policy oversight to a new Florida Office of Broadband within the Department of Economic Opportunity. Previously, that responsibility fell to the Department of Management Services.

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