Feasibility studies have been completed, engineering and design has been conducted, and bids have been received. Now the only thing standing between the citizens of Vinton, Iowa and a community-owned fiber network is action by the Vinton Municipal Electric Utility Board of Trustees.
The VMEU Board meets February 12th to decide whether to accept bids on the nearly $9 million FTTH project. Engineering firm FARR Technologies (a CBAN member) developed the outside plant design in late fall and early winter, and bids were let in January. The low bids came in around $200 thousand below the engineer's estimate, with additional savings possible if VMEU accepts a later completion date.
The VMEU Board established an advisory committee to help with the process. That group has recommended that the bids be accepted so the project can move forward this spring and summer.
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