North Florida Broadband Authority


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About the Survey:

The North Florida Broadband Authority (NFBA) has obtained funding from the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (as part of the Broadband Technology Opportunity Program) to build a new Middle Mile broadband infrastructure. This infrastructure will extend the high-speed Internet backbone capacity in the 14-county North Central Florida Rural Area of Critical Economic Concern (RACEC) and Wakulla County to local last-mile providers in order to better serve vital public sector services and private commercial customers.

In support of this project, the NFBA hired Florida State University's Information Use Management & Policy Institute (Information Institute) to conduct a needs assessment of the existing and future broadband uses and applications of the region's anchor institutions (such as libraries, schools, hospitals, and first responders) including broadband diagnostics at selected anchor sites to describe existing broadband networks, configurations, and uses. This research will inform the deployment and configuration of the Middle Mile network, increase the successful deployment and use of broadband at the region's various anchor institutions, insure that users of the various anchor institutions obtain high quality and up-to-date broadband services, help the NFBA to better document the success of the project, and assist in obtaining additional funds for broadband expansion and economic development in the region.

As part of the needs assessment, the Information Institute conducted a survey of anchor institutions. Only those institutions that completed the survey were eligible for interviews and onsite broadband diagnostics.