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What are the Broadband needs in Polk City?

I think we have had good discussion on the golf cart & snowmobile issue for now.  So, I am going to go a different direction this week.  I want to talk to you about broadband in Polk City.  This is another issue that likely will draw many differing opinions, but I think it is worth exploring.






There are a series of questions that need to be answered while exploring this issue.  They are as follows:

  1. What are Polk City’s broadband needs today, both residential and commercial?
  2. Are today’s needs being satisfied by current providers i.e. Mediacom, Century Link?
  3. What will Polk City’s broadband needs be in the future?
  4. Can or will current providers meet those needs?


Why do we need to answer these questions?  Well, Polk City is growing and the new residents are young with lots of children.  I am guessing that the broadband needs of these families are high due to tablets, computers, steaming and/or Television.

I would really like to hear your thoughts. Let me know how you feel by leaving me a comment below.

PCDC was established to encourage a proactive business environment that results in a diversified and balanced smart growth of Polk City’s economic base and improves the quality of life.

Blog Author: John Calhoun is the executive director of PCDC and a Polk City resident. 

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  1. Mark Lambert | Apr 10, 2014 | Reply

    We have broadband available through Mediacom and Century link (as you noted). I have Mediacom, and have not noticed any issues with speed of delivery, etc. The problem with cable broadband is, despite it generally being faster than telephone-company broadband, the more users that are on it, the more it slows down (you can only get so much water to flow through a pipe). But, I’ve yet to experience any issues. Someday, Mediacom might have to install more equipment to handle a larger load, but I don’t know if we are there yet. I would not opt for the city stringing its own fiber — huge investment, probably wouldn’t see a payback.

  2. Greg Grandgeorge | Apr 24, 2014 | Reply

    We have used Mediacom since moving to Polk City in 2005. I have noticed a steady degradation of service over time, in terms of speed, reliability of service (uptime), as well as customer service. As Mark commented, the more users you have (i.e. population growth) the more burden it places on the infrastructure, particularly with cable. The growth of streaming media (i.e. Netflix, iTunes, Hulu, Amazon, etc.) will likely put an even larger demand on existing providers… well beyond what we see from simple population growth. Additional provider options, besides the two options we have, may prove beneficial as Polk City continues to grow.

  3. Rossyjordin | May 6, 2014 | Reply

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