The Santa Rosa Local Technology Planning Team will hold a meeting in the Santa Rosa County Extension Auditorium, 6263 Dogwood Drive in Milton, on Wed., May 18 at 1:00 p.m. This meeting is open to the public.
The Santa Rosa County Local Technology Team will begin a series of public meetings designed to create an initial assessment of the strengths and weaknesses of internet speeds and services across the county. The state of Florida’s Office of Broadband, created in 2020, has asked each county in Florida to complete an assessment of its strengths and weaknesses by interviewing industry sector representatives and residents from unserved and underserved areas.
The legislative requirement is for the team to include representatives from the education, library, agriculture, health, business, industry, public safety, tourism, and local internet service provision sectors. This initial meeting will include introductions, a discussion of potential funding, and consensus-building centered around the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity’s (DEO) Broadband Planning Toolkit. Additionally, initial suggestions for potential project areas will be included and shared with the public. The public is welcome and encouraged to participate. For more information, email email@example.com.
DEO has developed Florida’s Broadband Availability Map and internet speed test to identify and assist in gathering more data about the state’s broadband internet service availability. Find both the map and speed test at www.FloridaJobs.org/Broadband or take the speed test now online. Residents are encouraged to complete the test at home and at work. Data collected help with applying for grants or funding that may become available in the future to improve internet service countywide.
Santa Rosa County adheres to the American Disabilities Act and will make reasonable modifications and accommodations for access to these hearings upon request. Requests may be made to the county’s risk management department at 850-983-1863, TTY 711, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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