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Holmes County receives millions in broadband grants

ESTO, Fla. (WDHN) — On Thursday, Florida Governor Ron Desantis awarded rural communities a major broadband access grant.

Desantis announced that nearly $223 million will be allocated to expand broadband access in small and rural communities across Florida.

The Town of Esto was awarded nearly $5 million to install 60.1 miles of fiber optic cable. This will provide download and upload speeds of 1 GB to 338 to previously unserved and underserved locations within Holmes County.

These grants to Florida companies fund the installation of broadband in unserved Florida communities.

Administered by FloridaCommerce, the Broadband Opportunity Program aims to bridge the digital divide and unlock crucial access to telehealth services, economic opportunities, educational resources, and workforce development programs.

The grant includes $135 million in state funding to support 54 projects in 33 counties to extend broadband access to over 27,000 unserved residential, educational, agricultural, business, and community locations.

In addition to the grant focused on the town of Esto, several other Broadband Opportunity Program awards have been allocated for projects within Holmes County:

  • Unincorporated Areas of Holmes County ($2,094,011) — Adding 23 miles of fiber optic cable to provide 84 unserved locations with symmetrical download and upload speeds of 1 GB.

  • Unincorporated Areas of Holmes County ($977,446) — Providing 7.8 miles of fiber optic cable to serve 41 premises with symmetrical download and upload speeds of 1 GB.

  • Unincorporated Areas of Holmes County ($3,640,621.22) — Adding 41 miles of fiber optic cable to provide 260 unserved and underserved locations with symmetrical download and upload speeds of 1 GB.

  • Unincorporated Areas of Holmes County ($1,609,056) — Providing 15.85 miles of fiber optic cable to 27 premises with symmetrical download and upload speeds of 1 GB.

  • Unincorporated area of Holmes County ($4,921,132.38) — Adding 48 miles of fiber optic cable to provide 306 unserved and underserved locations with symmetrical download and upload speeds of 1 GB.

  • Unincorporated Area of Holmes County ($1,664,580.89) — Installing 11.3 miles of fiber optic cable to serve 43 unserved and underserved locations with a minimum download and upload speeds of 1 GB symmetrical.

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