Makanda Village Exploring Community-Owned Fiber Internet, Asking Residents’ Opinions | New

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MAKANDA TOWNSHIP, IL – The Connect Makanda Township Committee says that for too long residents and businesses in the community have struggled to maintain a reliable internet connection and are paying way too much. That’s why the committee is asking residents for input as they prepare to overhaul their Internet service model.

According to a July statement, the committee’s goal is to bring the township’s internet infrastructure “into the present and into the future.”

The committee says internet connectivity is essential to modern life and that fiber optic internet is the foundation for a digital revolution. As a result, they are exploring “community-owned fiber optic infrastructure”.






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In this model, the Internet connection is considered a utility, much like gas, electricity or water. They say the model is radically different from the traditional Internet service model in the United States, which they say is a closed system seeking to maximize profits and limit access.

They have released an 11-question survey, which should take about 3 minutes, to help them better understand what community members are looking for in internet service. You can find the survey here.

The committee has released the following list of goals they hope to achieve with their project:

  • Reduce the cost of internet service by 30% for all residents and businesses
  • Making high-speed fiber optic connections accessible to every home
  • Dramatically increase the reliability and speed of Internet access
  • Increase competition by providing residents with multiple service provider options
  • Build network infrastructure to open up new opportunities for township residents, improve economic development and foster innovation
  • Use the network to improve public safety, transportation, healthcare, education, emergency communications and new services
  • Avoid additional tax burden or expense for taxpayers

For more information on the committee’s plans for “community” fiber optics, visit their website here.

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