In response to Julie Patel's blog post on March 9 regarding recently filed telecommunications legislation: It is encouraging to see Florida lawmakers taking steps toward removing burdensome regulations that are damaging incentives for broadband investment in the state. The proposed bills, SB 1524 and HB 1231, focus on removing outdated telecom regulations that would allow telephone providers to invest in expanding broadband networks.
A recent study by Hance Haney of the Discovery Institute found that Florida could receive an economic impact of $7.5 billion through greater broadband availability and potentially add or save 143,405 jobs. The study also found that current telephone regulations could be costing the state huge amounts of investment dollars that could be spent on broadband development.
At a time when the world is becoming more and more digitalized, our focus should be on bringing broadband to all parts and all people in Florida. Outdated regulations could be holding back investment in broadband — broadband that could boost Florida's economy and bring about much-needed jobs.
Citizens for a Digital Future, and its over 60 statewide member organizations, supports this legislation, which will promote investment in broadband and help grow Florida's economy.
Christina Johnson, Florida senior advisor, Citizens for a Digital Future, Atlanta, Ga.