AT&T employees are shown volunteering at the company's new Connected Learning Center in West Palm Beach.  Opened in March, this is the first facility of its kind created by AT&T as part of its commitment to bridge the digital divide.

Collaboration key to the expansion of affordable high-speed Internet

AT&T employees are shown volunteering at the company's new Connected Learning Center in West Palm Beach.  Opened in March, this is the first facility of its kind created by AT&T as part of its commitment to bridge the digital divide.

The National Telecommunications and Information Administration announced last month that Florida would receive more than $1.1 billion to close the digital divide in the Sunshine State. The federal government’s Broadband Equity Access and Deployment program enables the funding, which provides $42.5 billion to expand high-speed Internet access in all 50 states and territories.

This once-in-a-lifetime opportunity has the potential to bring universal broadband access to Floridians. However, doing so efficiently and in a timely manner will require close collaboration between the public and private sectors. By working together, governments and private providers can harness innovation, accelerate deployments, and create sustainable models that bridge the gap, ensuring equitable access to digital opportunities for all Floridians.

This can be seen in recent private sector efforts to bridge Florida’s digital divide. Over the past three years, AT&T has invested more than $1 billion annually to expand and improve Florida’s broadband networks. The funding directly impacted Florida households, creating an additional 2 million fiber locations statewide and upgrading AT&T’s wireless network to fifth generation technology.

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