Tuesday, March 24, 2009

With Harkin's help Carroll, Iowa joins fast company

In a king's ransom of weighty economic development news that confirms our high hopes for a more robust Carroll, the crowning story we published last Thursday is word that Western Iowa Networks will overbuild a fiber-optic network in the city.

This $11 million project - funded in large part with a $10 million loan through the U.S. Department of Agriculture that Sen. Tom Harkin helped secure - will separate Carroll from much of the rest of rural America.

Western Iowa Networks will stretch lines of glass cables only slightly bigger than a human hair through the community. The fiber optic lines will run from a central location at 603 N. Adams St. to what are essentially neighborhood hubs. If a business or homeowner wants the service, WIN then runs the fiber line to them.

"It will be a total overbuild," said WIN CEO Steve Frickenstein.

WIN officials estimate that Internet speeds will be 10 to 20 times faster with their fiber than what most businesses and homes in Carroll have now.

Read the rest of the column on the Carroll Daily Times Herald's Web site.

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