There has been murmurs of broadband internet gracing Charles City for over a decade and as of November 12th, the city is nearing the finish line. The Broadband Commission, consisting of chairman Mark Wicks, Josh Mack, Jeff Marty, Danny Wilson Jr., and Cady Mead, has decided on a vote of 5 to 0 to accept the $13 million fiber-to-home project conditions. The vote only approves the commission to give the final pitch to the city council who has last-say in the deal.
The commission also discussed how they are recommending the city put the potentially new broadband center inside 800 North Main Street.
If the city council approves all of the clauses by the end of the year, the belief is that they should be able to start wiring by spring. At which point, the council will need to hire a general manager, a network engineer, and a utility board to keep an eye on the project’s implementation.