High-Speed Internet Access: Study Finds Polk County, Florida Is Stuck in Slow Lane

The county lags behind most of the state in homes with broadband usage

By John Ceballos
THE LEDGER
Published: Monday, November 17, 2014 at 11:39 p.m.
Last Modified: Monday, November 17, 2014 at 11:39 p.m.

Lakeland-Winter Haven’s 66.9 percent of households with high-speed Internet use trails the overall state average of 78.3 percent.
Pat Steed, executive director of the Central Florida Regional Planning Council in Bartow, named two main causes for the county’s low placement.
“Availability and cost are the two primary reasons,” Steed said. “In many cases, we have private providers that have broadband Internet service available in part of the county, but not all of it.”
The council — along with Polk Vision — spearheaded the Polk County Broadband Plan, which was completed in July 2013 and addressed the county’s current broadband needs while outlining a set of goals to be completed by 2020. For more see link below:
http://www.theledger.com/article/20141117/news/141119505?p=1&tc=pg

For information on Polk Vision click below:
http://polkvision.com/

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