When FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski recently called for at least one gigabit broadband community in all 50 states by 2015, Fairfield sent notice to the FCC that LISCO already met the Gigabit Challenge for Iowa! Today, only about 42 communities in 14 states are served by ultra-high-speed fiber Internet providers. Because of our efforts, I believe other communities in southeast Iowa are gaining on this challenge as well.
Our company completely overbuilt Fairfield, a town of 10,000, with a fiber optic network starting in 1998, where every one of our customers now is wired for a one gig connection. Most Fairfield customers are happy to use their standard 100 mbps connections, but any LISCO customer can get one gig service — that’s 1,000 megabits per second — if they need it. Speeds of one gigabit per second are 2,500 times faster than the average fixed broadband Internet connections up 4 mbps, and that is in both directions.
Building on its success in Fairfield, we have already connected hundreds of fiber optic customers in Ottumwa, Burlington, Mount Pleasant and other southeast Iowa communities. We are already working with customers and community leaders throughout southeast Iowa to provide better broadband services — the kind that will meet the FCC’s Gigabit Challenge.
We welcome the opportunity to serve the city of Ottumwa with the same high standards for broadband delivery.
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