Adair, Iowa is the latest rural community that has decided to seek a local solution for its broadband deficits.
Voters in the western Iowa community of 781 will go to the polls on Tuesday, March 7th to consider a referendum to authorize a telecommunications utility.
“Shall the City of Adair, in the Counties of Adair and Guthrie, State of Iowa, be authorized to establish a Municipally-Owned Utility providing cable communications and television system, including video, voice, telephone, data and all other forms of telecommunications and cable communications?”
Adair is not served by a cable company. The small private operator there folded several years ago. The only choice for internet or landline telephone service is Windstream, which offers up to 100 Mbps DSL in the community, and pay TV customers have only Dish Network and DIRECTV to choose from.
City leaders plan to work with the nearby independent telephone company, Casey Mutual Telephone, if voters authorize a telecommunications utility.
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