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Neighbors Growing Together | Aug 22, 2014

LISCO answering ‘Gigabit Challenge’

By Linda Stallone | Jun 06, 2013

To the editor:

When FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski recently called for at least one gigabit broadband community in all 50 states by 2015, Fairfield sent notice to the FCC that LISCO already met the Gigabit Challenge for Iowa! Today, only about 42 communities in 14 states are known to be served by ultra-high-speed fiber Internet providers. LISCO transformed Fairfield into a gigabit city and a pioneer in fiber optic active Ethernet technology.

LISCO completely overbuilt Fairfield, a town of 10,000, with a fiber optic network starting in 2007, where every LISCO customer now is wired for a one gig connection. Most Fairfield customers are happy to use their standard 100 mbps connections, but any LISCO customer can get one gig service — that’s 1000 megabits per second — if they need it. Speeds of one gigabit per second are 250 times faster than the average fixed broadband Internet connections up 4 mbps, and that is in both directions.

Building on its success in Fairfield, LISCO has already connected hundreds of fiber optic customers in Ottumwa, Burlington, Mount Pleasant and other southeast Iowa communities. LISCO already is working with customers and community leaders throughout southeast Iowa to provide better broadband services — the kind that will meet the FCC’s Gigabit Challenge.

Because of what LISCO did for Fairfield, other communities in southeast Iowa are gaining on this challenge as well by signing on with LISCO for fiber broadband delivery.

 

— Linda Stallone, LISCO vice president of sales and marketing

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