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Vision and Goals VISION AND GOALS At the start of the planning process, it is important to establish a vision that describes what the plan is intended to accomplish, and goals that state specific things to be achieved. Typically, the vision should be broad and qualitative, while the goals should be specific and quantitatively measurable. This section contains the vision and goals of the Polk County Broadband Plan. The vision and goals for the Plan were developed with input from Polk Vision and its Infrastructure Task Force, the Broadband Polk Advisory Committee, and Polk County citizens and businesses. The vision and goals were refined during the course of two Advisory Committee meetings, with Committee members providing their suggestions to staff between meetings. Further input from the Committee and from the public was collected via a worksheet that allowed the 6 working goals to be prioritized. Strategies to guide the implementation of the goals, and specific action items to be undertaken by those who will implement the plan, are described in the “Conclusion and Recommendations” section. Vision Broadband Polk’s vision is to facilitate increased opportunity, innovation, and efficiency by ensuring that every individual, corporation, non-profit, visitor, government entity, and community partner in Polk County has access to affordable high-speed internet service. Goals Broadband Polk has six established goals for the year 2020, listed below in order of priority. 1. Anchor Institutions such as schools, hospitals, libraries, and government buildings will have affordable access to a minimum of 1 gigabit per second broadband services. ▪▪ This goal is intended to emphasize the importance of Anchor Institutions in our communities and the enhanced services that they can provide to communities given the best broadband service possible. From improved internet access at libraries to streamlined medical care and more efficient government services, better broadband can transform the way Anchor Institutions serve communities. The full NTIA definition of Community Anchor Institutions is “schools, libraries, medical and healthcare providers, public safety, community colleges and other institutions of higher education, and any other community support organizations and entities that facilitate greater use of broadband services.” 26