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!