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Fiber: Do You Want It?

Nearly two and a half years ago, the Chamber and City collaborated to convene focus group meetings to better understand and determine next steps for downtown. Throughout these meetings, a number of ‘common themes’ were articulated which resulted in this document , including having broadband/reliable internet available to businesses and residents in Grinnell. We have spent much time over the past two years better understanding this need, and meeting with various providers to determine possible solutions.  

The City and Chamber were recently approached by Mahaska Communications Group (MCG), a division of Musco Lighting in Oskaloosa, to explore the possibility of running fiber to the Grinnell community. After several initial conversations to further explore this option, they have launched a survey to better understand the community need for the service. Would you take a minute to answer this two-question survey to help MCG understand the level of community support behind this potential project? If the survey yields favorable results, we will work with the MCG team to develop a more defined timeline for running service to Grinnell, which would be likely to occur in the 2020 calendar year. 

We look forward to working with our community members to better understand this need in our community. We are also beginning to look at ‘next steps’ and have recently re-convened focus groups to identify future priorities for the community. If you’re interested in being involved and giving feedback, please let me know so we can be sure you’re included in these ongoing conversations. 

–Rachael Kinnick

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