For several months, a group community stakeholders, including Charter Communications and the Chamber, have been working together to identify ways to help extend broadband services to residents in Western Flagler County, which do not currently have access. Expanding access to broadband/internet services in Flagler County is a priority of the Chamber’s Government Affairs Committee and the Chamber’s 2022 Florida Legislative Agenda.
Broadband access has become even more important in Flagler County, as the pandemic has forced residents to use telemedicine and online educational options much more often.
The Flagler County Board of County Commissioners voted 5-0 to support a request to ratify a contract with CCO Holdings, LLC (Charter Communications), which would authorize staff to negotiate a formal contract that will expand broadband services in Western Flagler County.
The expansion of broadband is planned to be delivered in phases:
- Phase I: Covers 823 passings/connections (Total Phase I: Estimated cost: $3,461,401)
- Covers 591 passings/connections with a cost of $2,258,076
- Charter Communications funds $1,477,500
- Flagler County funds $780,576 out of the $1M allocated through the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds.
- Rural Digital Opportunity Fund (RDOF) via Charter Communications funds $1,203,325 for 232 passings/connections.
- Phase II: Covers 148 passings/connections (Total Phase II: Estimated cost: $1,574,792)
- Charter Communications funds $296,000
- Flagler County funds $219,424 (remainder of the $1M allocated through the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds).
- Funding Gap: $1,059,368
- Phase III: Covers 67 passings/connections (Total Phase III: Estimated cost: $887,331)
- Charter Communications funds $134,000
- Funding Gap: $753,331
The Chamber will continue to work with partners at Charter/Spectrum and Flagler County to continue progress on this important initiative.