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Broadband in Polk City

broadband_smI wanted to follow-up on the broadband question that I talked about a couple weeks ago.  You might remember that the questions asked was “What are the broadband needs in Polk City?”  To no surprise, there is not an easy answer to that question.  Therefore, PCDC has engaged Connect Iowa to help us do an assessment of our needs.

Connect Iowa has assigned David Daack to help us through the assessment.  The PCDC board has designated me to champion this project and a committee has been formed to guide the process.  Did I mention that the services of Connect Iowa are FREE?  Connect Iowa is funded with Federal funds and provided to the community at no cost. 

The community assessment will take approximately three months.  We will be looking at the current and future needs of Polk City in addition to looking at the current providers in Polk City and their ability to meet the established needs. 

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Should you have a particular interest in assisting with this process please contact me through e-mail:  pcdc@mchsi.com

PCDC was established to encourage a proactive business environment that results in a diversified and balanced smart growth of Polk City’s economic base and improves the quality of life.

Blog Author: John Calhoun is the executive director of PCDC and a Polk City resident.

 

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  1. David Curtis | May 13, 2014 | Reply

    I was on a local committee that examined this same topic about 10 years ago. It was chaired by Gary Heuertz. (I think he was still on the Council, hadn’t been elected mayor yet.) I was invited as a media professional and Chamber president. Other members included Rich Taylor, with telecommunications and multi-media experience. The “youth vote” was his technology-savvy son, Patrick Taylor. And there were several other people. The local committees were mentored and received presentations from persons associated with the former McLeod Communications company. We heard how far the U.S. was falling behind other countries in broadband communications, especially in rural areas.

    The local committee concluded, at that time, there were no viable alternatives unless the city wanted to become a communications utility, like Cedar Falls. We even looked at a small company in Huxley that was building a network. But in the end, no action was taken by the local committee or the Council.

    Good luck with your assessment. I’ll be interested to hear the results.

  2. Rossyjordin | Jun 10, 2014 | Reply

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