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Wednesday, March 31, 2004

 

Former Iowa governor opposes selling state's fiber network

"... Branstad commented on a proposal in the Legislature to sell the Iowa Communications Network, which he helped create while governor. The statewide network was launched in 1989 to provide fiber-optics access to schools, colleges and health care. 'Instead of selling, I would say make it into a public utility,' said Branstad. 'And then we would continue to provide (services) at a subsidized rate for education, health care. ... It's a great resource for distance learning.' He believes the state should sell the excess capacity to businesses and individuals so people could have access to the network through their telephone or Internet provider."

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