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CONCLUSION AND RECOMMENDATIONS require very high capacity broadband infrastructure. 11. Public-Private Partnerships: Develop partnerships, programs, and incentives to provide broadband services to small towns and rural communities. 12. Non-Residential Funding Sources: Encourage business associations, downtown redevelopment agencies, and other business-related organizations to undertake projects that increase broadband availability, taking advantage of funding opportunities such as grants, tax incentives, and public-private partnerships. 13. Increase Demand: Increase public awareness of mobile broadband technology and applications through public service announcements, educational/training programs, technology fairs/conferences, and fostering a cultural change to maximize mobile broadband services at the local level. 14. Decrease Obstacles: Revise local regulations to eliminate potentially unnecessary restrictions or obstacles to installing services and infrastructure. Advocate at the State and Federal level for favorable regulations for the development of mobile systems, including the availability of spectrum. 15. Development Policy: Facilitate “fiber-to-the-home” infrastructure within new residential communities through the development and adoption of broadband infrastructure policies within the county and municipal comprehensive plans and/or land use and zoning codes. 16. Share and Communicate Ideas: Partner with broadband providers to share goals, assets, strategies, and obstacles. 17. Local Government Broadband Enterprises: Encourage local municipalities and counties with fiber or other broadband infrastructure to enter the broadband marketplace. 18. Telecommuting/Work-At-Home Policies: Increase residential demand by encouraging employers to adopt strategies and policies allowing employees the opportunity to telecommute. Action Items 1. Develop and maintain a Broadband Polk website to serve as the central hub for information sharing,