Chanute approves high-speed broadband project

CHANUTE, Kan. (AP) — The Chanute City Commission has voted to expand the city’s ultra-high-speed broadband service to every home and business, if funding is found.

The commission voted Monday to proceed with the $13.5 million project in the southwest Kansas town of 9,100 people.

Public Works Director Larry Gates says the project depends on finding funding and doing a cash flow analysis of the next 20 years.

The Wichita Eagle reports (http://bit.ly/1pG1hZj ) 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 outside the city limits, with no installation charge.

The expansion would make Chanute the first municipality in Kansas to offer publicly run ultra-high-speed broadband service to all homes and businesses.

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Information from: The Wichita (Kan.) Eagle, http://www.kansas.com

 

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