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LAKELAND — If the City Commission decides against starting a publicly owned Internet service utility, it won’t be because of a philosophical disagreement with the idea, commissioners agreed Wednesday.
Lakeland Mayor Howard Wiggs and Commissioner Don Selvage sought consensus from their colleagues following a brief discussion of the “gigabit” issue, in which the city would leverage its existing fiber optics assets to improve broadband connection speeds in the city. Continue reading
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By Michael Pollick & Doug Sword
Until recently, Internet providers like Myakka Technologies were the low men on the totem pole.
Based in the unincorporated eastern Manatee County community of Myakka City, which has no stoplight to its name, this little company has only been able to exist because the big players — Verizon, Comcast and Bright House — had no interest in providing high-speed Internet service to the low-density rural byway.
On Florida’s East Coast, Martin County already is doing what Sarasota County is considering.
The county — home to Stuart — had been paying Comcast for connectivity between all its schools, public safety and administration branches.