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Executive Summary The connections between goals, strategies, and action items are shown in Table 1. Table 1. Goals, Strategies, and Action Items Goals Strategies Action Items Anchor Institutions such as schools, hospitals, libraries, and government buildings will have affordable access to a minimum of 1 gigabit per second broadband services. 1, 2, 3 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 10, 11, 15, 16, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25 Every resident of Polk County will have access to affordable high-speed internet services and the skills to utilize it, if they choose. 4, 5, 6, 7 1, 4, 7, 8, 9, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27 Anchor Institutions (including energy providers) will maximize utilization of broadband services and technologies in order to increase efficiency, maximize resources, and provide the best services possible to the businesses and residents of Polk County. 8, 9 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 10, 11, 12, 13, 15, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25 Every business and non-profit in Polk County will have access to affordable high-speed internet services and the skills to utilize it, if they choose. 10, 11, 12 1, 4, 10, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 27 13, 14 1, 4, 10, 15, 16, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 27 15, 16, 17, 18 1, 4, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27 Polk County will have the fastest, most affordable, and most accessible mobile networks possible. 205,000 households (79% of households) in Polk County will have affordable access to actual download speeds of at least 100 megabits per second and actual upload speeds of at least 50 megabits per second. Conclusion “Broadband is the indispensable infrastructure of our 21st Century economy” according to Julius Genachowski, Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission. Planning to meet current broadband infrastructure needs and future broadband infrastructure demand is a critical task for communities and regions who desire to compete and excel in an increasingly global economy. The Broadband Polk Plan is the result of both the public and the private sectors coming together to plan for the future of broadband in Polk County. Public-private partnerships are a valuable tool that, when properly coordinated, can implement the goals, strategies and action items identified within the plan. As with any partnership, the keys to avoiding conflict are communication and cooperation. Public and private investment in broadband can exist side-by-side, benefitting one another and the community at-large. 16