Jackson IS thinking fiber!

Thanks to John Shepard for sending me the hardcopy (or scanned) article from the Jackson Pilot on Jackson’s plan for fiber. In February, the Jackson City Commissioners voted not to explore a fiber network for their area. Well in May, the Mayor has successfully wooed the city council to invest $1 per resident ($3500) towards a fiber plan.

So they have become the latest stimulus hopefuls. They have joined Lakefield, Heron Lake, Okabena and Windom in a quest for stimulus funding to bring broadband (fiber) to their area. The idea is to let Windom expand its network to the neighboring towns. So each community will not be maintaining their own service; they’ll draw on Windom’s expertise.

The local economic developer reports that the business community is very excited at the prospect.

Three cheers for Jackson Mayor Mitch Jasper!

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About Ann Treacy

Librarian who follows rural broadband in MN and good uses of new technology (blandinonbroadband.org), hosts a radio show on MN music (mostlyminnesota.com), supports people experiencing homelessness in Minnesota (elimstrongtowershelters.org) and helps with social justice issues through Women’s March MN.

4 thoughts on “Jackson IS thinking fiber!

  1. I do not understand why you are so excited about this project. Windom is only looking at cherry picking communities that currently have DSL and only providing service in the towns no rural customers will be served. Windom has not provided DSL to one rural customer even in their own community since they built their system. If they have not provided service to unserved rural residents in their own community why would you expect them to do it with this project. Also even though Windom has built a fiber to the home system 5mg service is their highest offering which is slower then what is currently available in those communities.

  2. I think competition is generally a good thing. So, whether they’re the first or a subsequent provider in town – I think Windom (and other providers) offers a service to a community. That being said I agree with you that when a provide serves a community it’s best if they can serve the whole community, which may mean expanding to the outskirts or even beyond the city limits.

  3. State law (237.19)restricts municipal telephone service to the city limits. Windom is providing phone service over its fiber system. Maybe if people are willing to change that, Windom would be willing to extend service outside the city limits.

  4. Thanks Steve!

    It’s these kinds of regulations that the Task Force needs to look at – the barriers (aside from money) that make it hard to expand broadband.

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