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SIREPA, Danville Telecom, Lee County EDG and a county partner to make improvements
BY CCP STAFF
LEE COUNTY – Danville Mutual Telephone Company (DMTC) and the Southeast Iowa Regional Economic and Port Authority (SIREPA) are pleased to announce the commencement of a $5.4 million investment in broadband in Lee County, Iowa.
The investment will complement 120 new fiber-to-the-customer services and a 57-mile fiber optic backbone that will provide backhaul and redundant fiber transmission to the 120 services and future expansion opportunities.
The partnership is made possible by a $1.9 million contribution from Lee County through ARPA funds to the project through SIREPA, a $3.5 million grant secured by DMTC through the State of OCIO. Iowa and planning funds provided by the Lee County Economic Development Group.
Upon completion, SIREPA will own the fiber backbone and lease to DMTC for operation, while DMTC will own and operate all 120 fiber services to the customer.
Together, the funding sources are making a generational investment in the immediate and longer-term future of Lee County’s broadband access and resiliency.
“Partnerships between private and public entities made this project possible and set the stage for future broadband investments in Lee County,” said Tim Fencl, Managing Director and CEO of DMTC.
Denise Boyer, Chair of the Board of SIREPA, said, “SIREPA was created to connect private and public resources to make these types of investments possible, and there is more to come.”