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CFO Alex Sink Commends Four Florida Groups for Recieving Rural Broadband Access Awards

8/19/2010

CONTACT: Jerri Franz or Jayme O’Rourke, 850-413-2842
 
TALLAHASSEE – Florida CFO Alex Sink today commended four Florida organizations awarded more than $27 million in rural broadband grants to increase affordable high-speed Internet access in underserved, rural areas throughout the state. The broadband projects provided through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act will support and improve access to healthcare, educational opportunities, library services, public safety services, and the creation of jobs. 
 
“In today's world, access to the Internet is a necessity, whether you're looking for a job or increased educational opportunities,” said CFO Alex Sink. “These broadband grants are essential for serving the diverse needs of communities, from economic development to public safety."
 
The grants were awarded to the Florida Rural Broadband Alliance for $23.7 million, the City of Tallahassee for $1.2 million, the Tampa Housing Authority for $2.1 million and the USDA Quincy Telephone Company for $1.3 million. The increased Internet access will serve more than 30 rural counties and benefit more than 400,000 Florida citizens and 16,000 businesses.
 
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