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CEDAR FALLS (KWWL) - President Barack Obama is set to arrive in Iowa Wednesday. His trip will take him to Cedar Falls Utilities.

He will speak to a small group about new steps to increase affordable, high-speed broadband across the country.

Jim Krieg has been the general manager at CFU for about 12 years. Last week he got a phone call that he may never get again.

"It was last Wednesday we received a call from the White House and they were interested in out communication utility,"said Krieg. "You have to say shocked and surprised, yes."

Krieg believes the president is interested in how they connect to the world and each home in the community.

CFU offers a type of Internet that's much faster than most broadband.

"There are very few networks in the nation or the world that can offer this kind of connectivity, so it really is a leading-edge technology," said Rob Houlihan, Chief Technology Officer.

Krieg says the gigabyte connectivity was a vision the board at CFU thought about 20 years ago.

"That's where the future is at, and truly that's where it's been," Krieg said. "We just continue to see bandwidth growth that just about doubles every year, and we've been able to keep up with that and certainly will be able to keep up with that."
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