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What is FRBA? A LLC, a private business entity New Middle Mile broadband infrastructure Connect providers of vital public sector commercial services with private sector non-profit entities Broadband to two regions with only 39 % of people has access to broadband service
Who Owns FRBA Opportunity Florida in Florida’s Northwest Rural Area of Critical Economic Concern (NWRACEC) Florida Heartland (FHREDI) in South Central Rural Area of Critical Economic Concern (SCRACEC)
Regional & Local Governments’ Members Florida’s Heartland REDI (Regional Economic Development Initiative)
How is FRBA funded? 2009 American Recovery & Reinvestment Act “Stimulus Money” August 2010 - Network to be completed 2013 ~$24 million in total + 30 % match cash of in-kind assets & services Private Partners:
What is Middle Mile? Infrastructure for the Internet. Connects the core network to local network. Provides Internet backbone & wholesale services for Last Mile providers