Smart Communities Polk Team

Broadband is high speed internet access that facilitates many critical activities, from online classes and research for students to managing household finances.  It allows for small businesses to compete in a global marketplace and supports research and training opportunities at our schools, colleges and universities.  Broadband means better, faster, and more effective healthcare and safer streets and communities.

A Broadband Advisory Team, convened  by Polk Vision and the Central Florida Regional Planning Council, produced a comprehensive Broadband Plan in 2013 that identified current areas of need and projected areas of broadband demand up to the year 2020.  The Broadband Team, recently renamed Smart Communities Polk, continues its work in educating and building community consensus around the vital importance of a robust broadband network to support Polk County’s economic growth and prosperity.

Click Image to View The Smart Communities 2016 Brochure 

Click on image to view the Polk County Broadband Plan 

The Polk Vision Smart Communities LEAD Team met on September 16th to review the feedback recieved from Alignment USA and to revise their rebranding marketing material.


Smart Communities Team


Eric Labbe – Co-Chair, City of Winter Haven

Terry Brigman – Co-Chair, City of Lakeland

Tina Barrios - Polk County Public Schools

Cliff Bennett – Polk State College

Naomi Boyer – Polk State College

Frank Canovaca – City of Bartow

William DeWitt – Polk State College

Ercan Elibol - Florida Polytechnic University

Doug Lewis - Polk County Board of County Commissioners

Stephanie Monk - Polk County Sheriff's Office

Hiep Nguyen - City of Winter Haven

Nick Nicholas - DSM

David Robinson - DSM

Brian Ross - City of Haines City

Chris Rudolph - Polk County Tax Collector

Don Selvage - City of Lakeland

Chris Shelton - City of Auburndale

Tiana Sheppard - Frontier Communications

Marybeth Soderstrom - Central Florida Regional Planning Council

Steve Sowards - Inland Fiber & Data

Mark Thomas - Warner University

Bill Ward - Polk County Sheriff's Office

Ed Wolf - Polk County Board of County Commissioners