In the late 1990s, Webster City was one of 30 Iowa communities that successfully passed a referendum to establish a municipal communications utility with a ballot issue approval of 84%. At that time, the City installed an aerial fiber optic loop to connect our electric utility facilities, schools, and a limited number of businesses.
Now, more than ever, we realize that if a community wants to be resilient and prepared in the 21st-century economy, it needs broad access to a 21st-century telecommunications infrastructure, which means fiber optics to every home and business, delivering virtually unlimited bandwidth and unmatched reliability.
So, what can Webster City do to address this challenge? Two options appear most likely to lead to better broadband:
1. Investment in a publicly owned municipal fiber network, operated by Webster City as a new utility with full ownership, control, and operation;
2. A public-private partnership between the City and one or more private entities with some balance of ownership, management, and maintenance between the City and partner(s).
We ask that all residents and businesses complete the following Broadband Surveys. Your participation will help City leadership measure attitudes about our existing internet providers and gauge support for the City’s investment in expanding our fiber infrastructure to close the service gaps and enable a more competitive digitized local economy.
Please limit yourself to one survey response per residential and per business.
Your individual answers are anonymous and confidential, so please answer as honestly as possible. Thank you in advance for your input!