Florida Department of Economic Opportunity Announces Application Window and Support Webinar for the Broadband Opportunity Program
Tallahassee, FL – The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) announced that the application window for funding through the Broadband Opportunity Program will be open for 30 days, beginning on November 2, 2022, and closing on December 2, 2022. Awards will be granted to applicants who seek to expand broadband internet service in unserved areas. Additionally, DEO’s Office of Broadband will host a technical assistance webinar for rural communities ahead of the application window opening to assist prospective applicants in navigating the application process.
$400 million in total is available through the Broadband Opportunity Program and will be awarded through grants of up to $5 million. This program funds the installation and deployment of broadband Internet infrastructure in unserved Florida communities, providing valuable access to telehealth, economic, educational, and workforce development opportunities to offer a brighter future for all Floridians.
“Broadband infrastructure expansion is vital to the growth of our state’s communities and the Broadband Opportunity Program will allow unserved communities across the state to seek major investments for service expansion that will shape the future of broadband in Florida. The time to prepare applications for this program is now,” said DEO Secretary Dane Eagle. “I strongly encourage community leaders to use these next 30 days to attend our webinars, receive technical assistance, and develop the strongest possible applications for assistance so that DEO can award funds to communities as quickly as possible.”
DEO’s Office of Broadband will host a technical assistance webinar to provide rural communities with information on the timeline, scoring criteria, and funding and eligibility requirements for the Broadband Opportunity Program. The Rural Technical Assistance Webinar, will be held on Tuesday, November 1, 2022, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., Eastern Time. This webinar will assist prospective applicants in developing applications for funding. DEO staff will also be available to provide support throughout the application process.
In order to ensure that communities recovering after Hurricane Ian have the opportunity to apply, applicants in FEMA designated counties can request to submit their application past the deadline. DEO staff will be available to assist in this process.
For additional information about the Office of Broadband, or to view the Broadband Opportunity Program’s draft rule, application, and scoring criteria, visit www.FloridaJobs.org/Broadband.
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The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity combines the state’s economic, workforce and community development efforts, expediting economic development projects to fuel job creation in competitive communities and promote economic resiliency. For more information, including valuable resources for employers and job seekers, please visit www.FloridaJobs.org.
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