Florida

Speed Matters' partner One Economy was awarded $28.5 million in grant money to expand high-speed Internet in underserved communities in the latest round of NITA's Broadband Opportunity funding.
U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke recently announced the latest round of economic stimulus awards totaling $357 million for expanded high-speed Internet access. Nine states received record funding for broadband expansion. Nine states - California, Florida, Indiana, Louisiana, Minnesota, New York, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and Wisconsin - received funding from the National Telecommunications and Information Administration.
Between December 22 and December 31, The Department of Commerce's National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) announced an additional twenty broadband mapping and planning grants in eighteen states, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
In 2007, one half of all Floridians did not subscribe to high-speed Internet. For a state now in severe economic turmoil, slow Internet is only making the problem worse. We've written before about how expanded broadband offers a plethora of economy-boosting benefits. Read on to learn how high-speed internet can bring Floridians the bump their economy needs and how the stimulus bill is making that a reality.
Experts from all corners of the Southeast United States gathered at Benedict College earlier this month to discuss the state of broadband in their states and ways to further their interests.
A comprehensive new report released last month found that online learning for students in grades K-12 grew steadily last year, with many states expanding their online opportunities for supplemental and full-time online class work.
Recently the United States Conference of Mayors (USCM) unanimously passed a resolution for high speed Internet deployment on a national level, calling on the Bush Administration, the U.S. Congress and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to work together to develop a policy that makes high speed Internet access a national priority.
Even in the state of Florida, which is among the fastest of all states in terms of high speed Internet, about half of the state's population does not have high speed Internet access, leaving some Floridians frustrated and stuck with dial-up Internet. The Anschutz family, for example, lives in an area that is considered "too far out" to get high speed Internet service.
Thanks to our 80,000 Speed Testers, the Speed Matters Campaign has been making waves around the country. On Monday we released a state-by-state report and interactive map on U.S. internet speeds based on the test results.