Chanute approves ultra high-speed broadband project

06/10/2014 5:02 PM

06/10/2014 5:04 PM

The Chanute City Commission on Monday voted 5-0 to go ahead with a $13.5 million project to expand its publicly run ultra high-speed broadband service to every home and business in the community.

The project is contingent on finding funding and doing a cash flow analysis of the next 20 years, said Larry Gates, public works director.

The new system would be 100 times as fast as the national average Internet connection. It would cost $40 a month for city residents and $50 a month for those who live outside the city limits, with no installation charge.

Chanute’s high-speed network is being used by its hospital, community college, library, banks and other speed-critical businesses. The expansion would make the southeast Kansas town the first municipality in the state to offer publicly run ultra-high-speed broadband service to all homes and businesses.

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