Hernando County has received a $102,000 grant for a study aimed at improving internet service to underserved areas.
Specifically, the grant will be used to study the feasibility of installing and maintaining fiber to increase internet access, reduce system vulnerabilities and increase internet speed in underserved broadband areas.
The Hernando County Grant represents a portion of the $1.5 million in grants awarded through the Community Planning Technical Assistance (CPTA) and the Rural Infrastructure Fund (RIF) grant programs intended to help communities undertake community planning projects.
“These awards will help communities across the state create plans for infrastructure improvements, create jobs, and strengthen their economic resiliency,” Gov. Ron DeSantis said.
The CPTA grants allow counties, cities and regional planning councils to develop strategies for economic development, and assist with disaster recovery and resiliency planning. RIF grants help rural communities finance infrastructure projects that encourage job creation and capital investment.