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Tuesday, April 13, 2004


Iowa: Waterloo school links into state's fiber network

Waterloo, Iowa -- "A $74,771 bid from Baker Cabling System of Hiawatha to install 1.2 miles of fiber optic cable between Central Middle School and the Area Education Agency 267 offices in Cedar Falls. That would allow AEA 267 to provide the district's Internet services through the Iowa Communications Network, tripling its available bandwidth. The district has outgrown its current Internet capacity needs and earlier sought bids for increased bandwidth from a service provider. Two bids came in at $50,100 and $41,100 annually. Once the connection is made to AEA 267, the district will receive its Internet service for free."

$60,000 per mile is a very high price to pay for fiber connectivity outside a dense urban area; the ADSS fiber optic cable systems Fiber Planners designs for municipal utilities typically cost $5,000 to $10,000 per mile, depending on fiber counts. That cost includes design work, cable, cable hardware, installation, splicing and testing -- as well as make-ready costs.


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