Willmar MN is looking at Open Access Model with Home Town Fiber

I wrote about this project a week ago, but more info might be helpful, especially if the concept of open access network is new. Willmar Radio reports

A Maple Grove company wants to build a fiber optic network to provide high-speed broadband internet service to every home and business in the city of Willmar. Willmar Planning and Development Director Justice Walker says it would not cost city taxpayers one cent, and the company, Home Town Fiber, would share their profits with the city, profits they would generate by renting the network to any Internet Service Provider, or ISP, that wants to use it.

Justice Walker answers a series of questions about the open access model, which is a great way to get folks interested. I’ll share the abbreviated answers that the radio station shared in writing. Check out the website for full answers

…Walker says in communities in others states where an Open Access Fiber Broadband Network exists, they are popular with ISPs…

…Home Town Fiber would bond, with the city’s help, to pay for the project and pay off the bonds through the profits they generate. The initial proposal was for 19.3 million dollars, but Walker says by working with the city to install the fiber as the city works on street projects, the costs will go down…

…Right now city officials are working on creating a contract with Home Town Fiber. If successful, Willmar would have some of the fastest internet in the state.

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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.

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