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Lakeland Commission Fails to Put The Broadband Issue To A Public Vote- But There Is A Silver Lining

In a commission meeting that stretched close to three hours, Lakeland Commissioners had a lot to talk about. But for the last hour and a half of the meeting, they discussed the broadband project. And in a rare display within the chamber, almost every commissioner weighed in the issue at length. It is fair to say that many commissioners had a nuanced view; they were aware of the benefits of having high-speed access to the internet, but a majority had concerns. In the end, the commissioners settled on three things: They…

Florida Has Strict Regulations About Municipal Fiber Projects, But Lakeland May Be Grandfathered In: What You Need to Know

UPDATE: During the commission hearing on 12-2-19, Lakeland’s interim city attorney Palmer Davis stated that he had spoken with the law firm that had helped to draft the bill about the “grandfather clause” and that Lakeland most likely would not be able to fall under the grandfather clause. This changes the dynamics a bit, but in an effort to stay transparent, LakelandFiberNOW is leaving the post public Back in the 2010s, there was a push from many municipalities to build networks and connect their citizens with fiber internet. Cities like Chattanooga,…

Lakeland’s Move Into Municipal Broadband

For over 20 years, Lakeland has slowly installed fiber optic cables. These installations have enabled the city to provide high-speed connectivity to local libraries, Lakeland electric substations, Polk Country School District, public safety and other facilities. Also, Lakeland leases dark fiber to local suppliers to introduce high-speed internet connection to businesses and other vital organizations in the area. SurfLakeland is known to provide wireless services for free through portions of Downtown Laketown. They make use of a fiber network to connect wireless antennas across the whole city. The problem is that…