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Update for Residents on Moline's Search for Broadband Provider

Moline residents can help the city decide what to do next in its effort to make broadband internet service available throughout the city.

Wednesday night, Mayor Sangeetha Rayapati will hold a public meeting to give an update on the project, and ask for comments.

In May, a consultant helped the city consider five proposals, and pick two finalists, MetroNet and Windstream. But since then Windstream has pulled out, and the mayor says the council and consultant are now talking about what to do next.

"It will really boil down to what the full picture looks like in terms of cost. What is the community comfortable paying for, and how much do they think is reasonable, based on the proposals that we've been given and what do they want the service to look like."

She says the only broadband provider right now for Moline is Mediacom, and residents want more options.

In addition to offering service to every home and business, the city also wants fiber optic connections to traffic signals and cameras, plus connections for security cameras for parks, schools, and other locations.

Wednesday night's public meeting begins at 6:30 at the Moline Public Library.

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.