Florida Senate - 2021                          SENATOR AMENDMENT
       Bill No. CS/CS/HB 1239, 2nd Eng.
                              LEGISLATIVE ACTION                        
                    Senate             .             House              
                Floor: 1/AD/2R         .            Floor: C            
             04/27/2021 10:54 AM       .      04/28/2021 07:28 PM       

       Senator Ausley moved the following:
    1         Senate Amendment (with title amendment)
    3         Delete lines 187 - 255
    4  and insert:
    5         (f)Administer the Broadband Opportunity Program
    6  established in s. 288.9962.
    7         (5) ADMINISTRATION.—The department may:
    8         (a) Apply for and accept federal funds for purposes of this
    9  section.
   10         (b) Enter into contracts necessary or useful to carry out
   11  the purposes of this section.
   12         (c) Establish any committee or workgroup to administer and
   13  carry out the purposes of this section.
   14         (d)Adopt rules to implement this part.
   15         Section 4. For the 2021-2022 Fiscal Year, the nonrecurring
   16  sum of $1,500,000 is appropriated from the General Revenue Fund
   17  to the Department of Economic Opportunity to develop geographic
   18  information system maps of broadband Internet service
   19  availability throughout this state consistent with the Digital
   20  Opportunity Data Collection program reporting standards
   21  established by the Federal Communications Commission. The maps
   22  must identify where broadband-capable networks exist, where
   23  service is available to end users, gaps in rural areas, and
   24  download and upload transmission speeds. Development of the maps
   25  may be in collaboration with broadband service providers, state
   26  agencies, local governmental entities, private businesses,
   27  educational institutions, and community organizations and the
   28  maps may incorporate information already compiled by other state
   29  agencies provided that the data is verified and the department
   30  can determine that the information was compiled based on a sound
   31  and reliable methodology. The department must receive and verify
   32  public input to identify locations in which broadband Internet
   33  service is not available, including locations in which broadband
   34  Internet service is provided at data transmission speeds below
   35  the standard established by the Federal Communications
   36  Commission for broadband Internet service, and incorporate such
   37  information into the development of the maps. The maps must be
   38  complete by June 30, 2022.
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   41  And the title is amended as follows:
   42         Delete lines 17 - 30
   43  and insert:
   44         assistance to rural communities; providing for
   45         rulemaking; providing an appropriation to the
   46         Department of Economic Opportunity for geographic
   47         information system broadband mapping; specifying the
   48         development and contents of the maps; creating s.
   49         288.9962, F.S.;