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Stimulus funds for North Florida high-speed internet frozen

A project to bring high-speed broadband Internet services to rural North Florida, funded with stimulus dollars , seems to have stalled. The North Florida Herald reported Thursday that “in February of 2010, residents of rural areas in North Florida, including Gilchrist and Columbia counties, were promised a reliable high speed broadband network within three years, thanks to a $30 million grant that was part of President Barack Obama’s stimulus plan.” The Herald continues: “Fast forward a year-and-a-half and those promises are, if not in jeopardy, then seriously behind schedule” and have “been plagued by problems, culminating most recently in the grant money being frozen by the federal government.” The North Florida Broadband Authority is a government entity established specifically for the purpose of bringing broadband services to the region. According to recovery.gov, as of June 30, less than 50 precent of the North Florida project had been completed. The Authority would operate much like an independent utility, similar to a water, sewer or electrical provider, focused on creating an Internet broadband network in 15 north Florida counties that would “provide capacity and reach to cover more than 154,000 households, and 26,893 businesses” and “provide the potential to connect to 1,573 critical facilities, and 265 health care entities, according to the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration.” The South Florida Sun Sentinel reported in May that the Florida Rural Broadband Alliance, also created to provide wireless broadband access to rural areas, “had spent about $4 million of its $24 million through March.” The Florida Rural Broadband Alliance was formed in March 2010 by two nonprofit economic development corporations – Florida’s Heartland REDI (Regional Economic Development Initiative) in south central Florida, and Opportunity Florida in northwest Florida.
Jul 31, 2020

Stimulus funds for North Florida high-speed internet frozen

Stimulus funds for North Florida high-speed internet frozen

A project to bring high-speed broadband Internet services to rural North Florida, funded with stimulus dollars , seems to have stalled. The North Florida Herald reported Thursday that “in February of 2010, residents of rural areas in North Florida, including Gilchrist and Columbia counties, were promised a reliable high speed broadband network within three years, thanks to a $30 million grant that was part of President Barack Obama’s stimulus plan.” The Herald continues: “Fast forward a year-and-a-half and those promises are, if not in jeopardy, then seriously behind schedule” and have “been plagued by problems, culminating most recently in the grant money being frozen by the federal government.” The North Florida Broadband Authority is a government entity established specifically for the purpose of bringing broadband services to the region. According to recovery.gov, as of June 30, less than 50 precent of the North Florida project had been completed. The Authority would operate much like an independent utility, similar to a water, sewer or electrical provider, focused on creating an Internet broadband network in 15 north Florida counties that would “provide capacity and reach to cover more than 154,000 households, and 26,893 businesses” and “provide the potential to connect to 1,573 critical facilities, and 265 health care entities, according to the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration.” The South Florida Sun Sentinel reported in May that the Florida Rural Broadband Alliance, also created to provide wireless broadband access to rural areas, “had spent about $4 million of its $24 million through March.” The Florida Rural Broadband Alliance was formed in March 2010 by two nonprofit economic development corporations – Florida’s Heartland REDI (Regional Economic Development Initiative) in south central Florida, and Opportunity Florida in northwest Florida.
A project to bring high-speed broadband Internet services to rural North Florida, funded with stimulus dollars , seems to have stalled. The North Florida Herald reported Thursday that “in February of 2010, residents of rural areas in North Florida, including Gilchrist and Columbia counties, were promised a reliable high speed broadband network within three years, thanks to a $30 million grant that was part of President Barack Obama’s stimulus plan.” The Herald continues: “Fast forward a year-and-a-half and those promises are, if not in jeopardy, then seriously behind schedule” and have “been plagued by problems, culminating most recently in the grant money being frozen by the federal government.” The North Florida Broadband Authority is a government entity established specifically for the purpose of bringing broadband services to the region. According to recovery.gov, as of June 30, less than 50 precent of the North Florida project had been completed. The Authority would operate much like an independent utility, similar to a water, sewer or electrical provider, focused on creating an Internet broadband network in 15 north Florida counties that would “provide capacity and reach to cover more than 154,000 households, and 26,893 businesses” and “provide the potential to connect to 1,573 critical facilities, and 265 health care entities, according to the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration.” The South Florida Sun Sentinel reported in May that the Florida Rural Broadband Alliance, also created to provide wireless broadband access to rural areas, “had spent about $4 million of its $24 million through March.” The Florida Rural Broadband Alliance was formed in March 2010 by two nonprofit economic development corporations – Florida’s Heartland REDI (Regional Economic Development Initiative) in south central Florida, and Opportunity Florida in northwest Florida.
Jul 31, 2020

Regardless of Where the Convention Lands, It Won’t Affect the Vote

Regardless of Where the Convention Lands, It Won’t Affect the Vote

Jimm Phillips reports that the DNC has chosen the four finalist cities for the 2012 Democratic National Convention, and notes that three of the four cities
Jimm Phillips reports that the DNC has chosen the four finalist cities for the 2012 Democratic National Convention, and notes that three of the four cities
Jul 31, 2020

Best of 2009: Rep. Trent Franks: Obama Should Release Long Form Birth Certificate

Best of 2009: Rep. Trent Franks: Obama Should Release Long Form Birth Certificate

All day, we’re re-running our favorite blog posts of the last year. This post was originally published on Sept. 28, 2009. Rep. Trent Franks (R-Ariz.)
All day, we’re re-running our favorite blog posts of the last year. This post was originally published on Sept. 28, 2009. Rep. Trent Franks (R-Ariz.)
Jul 31, 2020
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