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Daily Legislative Brief from March 7, 2017


SB 596-Relating to Utilities
On Tuesday, March 7th, SB 596, relating to Utilities by Senator Travis Hutson (R-Palm Coast) was heard by the Senate Committee on Communications, Energy, and Public Utilities and passed by a vote of 7 yeas to 1 nay. AIF stood in support of this bill.

This bill creates the Advanced Wireless Infrastructure Deployment Act which would ultimately allow for 5G technology throughout the state of Florida.

SB 596 will now go to its second committee hearing in the Senate Committee on Governmental Oversight and Accountability.

AIF SUPPORTS legislation that accommodates for the increasing need for reliable wireless networks to help support communities of the future.

Please see below statement from our President & CEO, Tom Feeney, on 5G technology:

AIF: Florida Can Have Smart Cities with 5G Technology

Tallahassee, Fla. – The Associated Industries of Florida (AIF) today released the following statement on behalf of its President & CEO Tom Feeney regarding the support of Senate Bill 596, by Senator Travis Hutson (R-St. Augustine), relating to Utilities. SB 596 was today heard in the Senate Communications, Energy, and Public Utilities Committee, its first committee of reference.

“AIF supports legislation to bring our state into the next generation of wireless technology in order to support communities of the future.  By implementing small cell technology around our state, Florida will be able to be a part of the smart cities revolution and bring ultra-fast speeds to our businesses.

“AIF encourages Florida lawmakers to support this good public policy that will not only transform the way we do business at faster speeds, but attract innovative and technologically advanced companies to our state and give Florida families the bandwidth they need at their fingertips to live within this revolution.”

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