Decorah Municipal Utility Broadband High Speed Fiber Optic Internet
238 people have signed this petition. Add your name now!
238 people have signed. Add your voice!
Maxine K. signed just now
Adam B. signed just now
We, the undersigned, petition the Decorah City Council and Winneshiek County Board to create a public municipal utility to provide broadband high-speed fiber optic internet connections to area businesses and residents.
The recent FCC ruling regarding these publicly owned fiber optic broadband utilities allows communities across the country to create their own networks for their residents and businesses.
The Metronet provides a backbone for such a venture. While city and county governments and other area institutionshave enjoyed the benefits of this existing fiber optic infrastructure, the taxpayers within the community have not had direct access to this connection.
The proposed services would directly and indirectly create or attract jobs, new businesses and young families. These benefits would be created at an affordable rate that is locally controlled.
Such a venture would promote telecommuting and strengthen area businesses. This venture would also increase bandwidth and download speeds for residential users.
The City of Decorah and Winneshiek County would also have the capability to install wireless hotspots in the area to enhance tourism. The public municipal utility would keep Decorah competitive with surrounding communities as they complete fiber optic networks.
High speed broadband isa necessity and not a luxury for any progressive community.