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Broadband workshop to be held July 7

The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity’s Office of Broadband will be holding a public workshop to hear directly from locals about barriers to accessing broadband internet service.

At the meeting, which will be held Friday, July 7 at the Gulf Coast State College Gulf/Franklin Campus’s computer lab from 2:30 to 4 p.m. EDT, members of the public will be invited to share their experiences, concerns and ideas.

“We will be discussing Florida’s goal to ensure all Florida communities can easily access internet service, online devices and digital skills training,” said a press release about the meeting.

Three virtual workshops will also be held — on July 14 at 10:30 a.m. EDT, on July 24 at 2 p.m. EDT and on July 26 at 2 p.m. EDT. Go to floridajobs.org for more information.

These sessions will help inform on Florida’;s Broadband Equity, Access and Deployment Five-Year Action Plan and Digital Adoption and Use Plan.

For questions, please call 850-717-8445 or email [email protected].

Meet the Editor

Wendy Weitzel, The Star’s digital editor, joined the news outlet in August 2021, as a reporter covering primarily Gulf County.

Prior to then, she interned for Oklahoma-based news wire service Gaylord News and for Oklahoma City-based online newspaper NonDoc.com during her four years at the University of Oklahoma, from which she graduated in May with degrees in online journalism and political science.

While at OU, Weitzel was selected as Carnegie-Knight News21 Investigative Fellow among 30 top journalism students from around the country. She also was senior editor managing a 12-person newsroom in coordination with Oklahoma Watch, a non-profit news organization in eastern Oklahoma.

Wendy Weitzel The Star Digital Editor

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