Santa Rosa County Prepares to Share $866 Million to Improve Internet

As counties across Florida look for ways to improve internet speed and reach into small or rural communities, Santa Rosa County appears to be ahead of the curve.

Officials leading local technology teams across Florida met for the first time last week to speak during the funding process to distribute more than $866 million for broadband improvements and for team-building strategies, aimed at ensuring all Florida residents have high-quality Internet access.

22 of the state’s 67 counties actively engage with a local technical planning team and nearly half of those have reported their work to the office, said Kiwanis Carey, program director for the Florida Office of Broadband.

“So basically when the legislation puts into law that you’re supposed to go out and build and facilitate local technology planning teams, it wasn’t intended to be a burden on counties,” Carey said.