Polk County wrestles with broadband internet services, outage issues

Adina Hamb

Table of Contents Access still a barrier for some in PolkBroadband access doesn’t meet all needs‘Your internet is down again’: Outages fuel frustration What is affordable? POLK COUNTY – Working from home can be a nightmare for Brenda Torres. Since the onset of COVID-19 more than a year ago, Torres, 28, has been doing her […]

POLK COUNTY – Working from home can be a nightmare for Brenda Torres.

Since the onset of COVID-19 more than a year ago, Torres, 28, has been doing her job from the house she’s lived in for the past 25 years. While her at-home gig as a community planner for the Central Florida Regional Planning Council might save her gas and travel time, Torres is challenged by one major issue: She doesn’t have an internet provider where she lives in west Frostproof.  

“So where I live, there aren’t any internet providers. The only ones that exist are providers that do satellite internet,” Torres said. “From what I heard, they’re not really reliable and they also make you sign a two-year contract without even trying it.”

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