By Nolan Miles
P3 Kentucky Staff Writer
Lakeland, Fla., city officials are on the fence about whether to enter a public-private partnership to supply broadband services to residents or launch a public-service pilot program.
Many city officials are leaning towards the implementation of a partnership with a private corporation for fear of competing with private broadband services with a pilot program.
“While we can all see the advantage of a public utility,” said Commissioner Don Selvage, “there is the cost, and we are charged primarily with protecting the taxpayers’ investments in this.”
One local commissioner, however, has strongly encouraged the launch of a public-owned broadband service.
“We, Lakeland, are unique. We have a rich tradition of being leaders and being on the forefront of stuff,” Commissioner Justin Troller said. “This is just another thing.”
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