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Cedar Falls Utilities moves forward with improved internet access

CEDAR FALLS (KWWL) -- One eastern Iowa utility is moving full speed ahead with a faster way to work online. Cedar Falls Utilities announced this morning it will build a community wide fiber to its communication operation. CFU will replace its current cable system and bringing, what it calls a state of the art speed and reliability to customers' homes.

Computers have become an essential part of life for most of us, but for some businesses like iTech in Cedar falls, they wouldn't exist without them. Managers at iTech say the improvement to internet access will help everyone.

"You see all these videos online. People are downloading large files, watching movies, so it's going to speed that process up in general," said manager Ryan Sealock.

Officials with CFU say the current cable plan uses thousands of active devices, such as amplifiers to keep data flowing between a person's home and CFU's central office. When one of those devices fail, it interrupts internet and cable-TV service. This is a major problem for those businesses that depend on the internet for work.

Officials with CFU say this new system has fewer moving parts and is more reliable.

"We want to provide delivered speed and good value to our customers and we believe we got a plan will allow us to do that and we're going to building that out in the next 3 years," said CFU General Manager Jim Krieg.

It will be a three year process to install the fiber cables. The first to get it will include downtown Cedar Falls and the city's industrial park.

Online Reporter: John Wilmer

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