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Department of Management Services

Florida Connect Consortium

The Federal Communications Commission, the same organization that oversees the E-Rate Program, has a new fund that provides support for broadband connectivity to eligible public health care providers.  State agencies eligible for the discount include the Florida Departments of Health, Children and Families, Juvenile Justice and Veterans Affairs.  Under the Fund, public provider sites will receive a 65 percent discount on all eligible broadband services and equipment.  The application process began in late summer of 2013, and funding will begin January 1, 2014.  The discount is available to rural majority consortia.  Administrative, data center, and some non-rural  sites are eligible for the discount, as well. 

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The information available on this website is maintained as a resource for Florida entities. Providing relevant and accurate information is our goal. However, content located in this section of the Department of Management Services Division of Telecommunications website is subject to change. Where applicable, program information found on this website may be superseded by rules, notices, and policies issued through the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) or the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). Please visit the USAC and FCC websites for official policies and decisions. Links to external websites are provided as a courtesy. DMS is in no way responsible for content on external sites.