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Existing Conditions Figure 18 highlights the areas of greatest projected employment growth by showing the percent change in employment per square mile for each TAZ in Polk County from 2010 to 2020 (in other words, the percent change between Figure 17 and Figure 18). The areas of the county that indicate the highest percent change in employment are transitioning from primarily rural/agricultural land uses to more intense land uses. The northeast portion of the county is highly influenced by the Orlando market and is adding many service-related jobs. The area around the northeast intersection of the Polk Parkway and Interstate 4 (north of Auburndale) is the location of the new Florida Polytechnic University. The area along State Road 60 between Bartow and Lake Wales has been adding new business parks, light industry, and manufacturing jobs. Figure 18. Projected Percent Change in Employment Per Square Mile, 2010-2020 Data source: Polk Transportation Planning Organization Broadband Assets Wireline For households and businesses, broadband connections via fiber, cable, and DSL are commercially available throughout much of the county. Measured by land area (excluding lakes), approximately 44 percent of the county has cable broadband coverage, 26 percent has DSL coverage, and 7 percent has fiber coverage. Measured by census block, an estimated 40,645 people in Polk County live outside areas covered by commercial wireline broadband service (fiber, cable, or DSL), comprising about 6.75 percent of the population. Approximately 174,000 people (29 percent of the population) live in areas where fiber broadband connections are commercially available. Approximately 555,000 people (92 percent of the population) live in areas where cable broadband is commercially available. Figure 19 shows commercial wireline coverage by service type (Fiber, cable, and DSL). These services overlap in many areas. Areas where two or more service types overlap are shown in the color of the service type that typically offers the highest broadband speeds. Fiber is typically highest, followed by cable, then DSL. 42