Orange County government will be allocating $4.4 million in funding from the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 to help ensure all homes in the area have access to high-speed internet.
At the time of this post, a number of rural residential areas in the county, including South Apopka and East Orange County, have no access to modern fixed broadband infrastructure that is necessary to access online employment, education, services, and more.
The County Board of County Commissioners unanimously approved a proposal from Spectrum (Charter Communications Holdings) to install and market internet use in those areas.
“High-speed internet access is not a luxury. In the year 2022 and beyond, it is a necessity. Global connectedness brings vital services including telehealth, education, and access to information th– ORANGE COUNTY MAYOR JERRY L. DEMINGS
Spectrum is expected to break ground to lay fiber optics cable before the end of the year, with residents in those areas expected to have broadband access in 2023 and 2024.