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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,…

5G and Elon’s Satellites Aren’t Going to Save Us: Why Fiber is the Best Bet for Lakeland

The Million Dollar Question: Can We Use Wireless Technologies to Provide the Last Mile of Connectivity to Save Money? One of the most common questions about the Lakeland fiber project is how the Last Mile should be connected to the network. For those unaware, the Last Mile is a term that means the final step between the internet cable infrastructure and a person’s home or place of business. In the industry, this is typically the most expensive part of infrastructure deployment and has been at the heart of the discussion with…