The Ottumwa Courier

Opinion

September 14, 2013

Broadband Internet just the beginning

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“Today, high-speed Internet is transforming the landscape of America more rapidly and more pervasively than earlier infrastructure networks. Like railroads and highways, broadband accelerates the velocity of commerce, reducing the costs of distance. Like electricity, it creates a platform for America’s creativity to lead in developing better ways to solve old problems. Like telephony and broadcasting, it expands our ability to communicate, inform and entertain. Broadband is the great infrastructure challenge of the early 21st century. But as with electricity and telephony, ubiquitous connections are means, not ends. It is what those connections enable that matters. Broadband is a platform to create today’s high-performance America.”

iMAN realizes it is just one model you are considering, and its premise is simple: provide a high-speed, high-security, reliable data infrastructure that can be utilized by a variety of businesses and service providers in a cost-effective way.

But perhaps even more important is its design that allows for the return of its profits from subscribers back to the community in the form of financial contributions to the community foundation for local grantmaking purposes.

In Steuben County, our dollars never leave the area where they are generated; no third vacation home for an out-of-state CEO, no corporate jet, no lavish conferences and junkets.

Our cities and towns use their financial resources to help construct bike trails, improve early-warning sirens, preserve natural resources and fund cultural events for family participation.

We know you won’t get that from other business models because it wasn’t here either. We created it to fulfill our needs and be the drivers of our own broadband destiny.

There were plenty of curious bystanders, so we held over 30 public and one-on-one meetings in and around our county so that we could be available for questions and constructive dialog regarding the model.

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