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Moline Studying Broadband Needs

from the CTC Technology & Energy FB page
CTC Tenology & Energy
from the CTC Technology & Energy FB page

Moline is preparing to offer broadband service to residents and businesses.

Last week, the city council approved hiring a consulting firm, CTC Technology and Energy, to study what services are available now, and what should be available in the future.

City Administrator Bob Vitas says the pandemic has shown how critical it is for everyone to have reliable internet service.

"Given the fact that a lot of people no longer work in their offices, they're working remotely presents a whole plethora of issues that you need to have reliable services going forward. In terms of education, with remote learning that was going on and we can't predict the future what will happen tomorrow let alone five years from now."

Once fiber optic lines have been installed in Moline, the city would hire an internet service provider.

He thinks the CTC study could be finished by May, followed by the installation of fiber optic lines beginning in the summer. By early next year, broadband service would be available in the city.

A native of Detroit, Herb Trix began his radio career as a country-western disc jockey in Roswell, New Mexico (“KRSY, your superkicker in the Pecos Valley”), in 1978. After a stint at an oldies station in Topeka, Kansas (imagine getting paid to play “Louie Louie” and “Great Balls of Fire”), he wormed his way into news, first in Topeka, and then in Freeport Illinois. While a graduate student in the Public Affairs Reporting Program at the University of Illinois at Springfield (then known as Sangamon State University), he got his first taste of public radio, covering Illinois state government for WUIS. Here in the Quad Cities, Herb worked for WHBF Radio before coming to WVIK in 1987. Herb also produces the weekly public affairs feature Midwest Week – covering the news behind the news by interviewing reporters about the stories they cover.