TALLAHASSEE (CBSMiami/NSF) – A proposal that would set aside up to $5 million a year for broadband services to accompany controversial highway corridors was among 19 House bills forwarded to Gov. Ron DeSantis on Tuesday.
The proposal (HB 969) would send the money to Florida’s Turnpike Enterprise to develop the broadband infrastructure as part of a program designed to spur new or expanded toll roads stretching from Collier County to the Georgia border.
Rep. Loranne Ausley, a Tallahassee Democrat who co-sponsored the proposal, said in February that people take broadband for granted in urban areas.
“It allows stay-at-home moms to stay current in their profession or to have a stay-at-home business,” Ausley said Feb. 26 on the House floor. “It allows adults in the workforce to up-skill or seek new opportunities. These opportunities are simply not available in many rural areas.”