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Waverly seeking city-owned broadband deal

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WAVERLY (KWWL) -

 A local community may be following in Cedar Falls footsteps by way of technology.

Waverly is working to establish its own city-owned high speed internet.

City officials say they've actually been trying to do this for almost 20 years, but it wasn't until two years ago a plan was put in motion.

"It's all coming to a head finally," says Waverly Light & Power general manager Darrel Wenzel, "for our February 10 board meeting, but it'll be up to our board of directors to make a decision going forward."

If implemented, construction will begin in March.

Community-owned broadband could benefit local businesses, like radio station KWAY.

"We've had mornings where the internet is down," says KWAY DJ Matt Ray.

It's gotten so bad at times, he's had to drive home to get stories and information.

"The most embarrassing thing is when something freezes on you live on the air," he says.

Ray says they desperately need a better option.

Community-owned internet seems like a win for both businesses and the municipality, but what about tax payers?

The $7 million officials borrowed for this project will be paid back by subscription rates, which means those who would choose to use Waverly's broadband would be paying for the service -- not general taxpayers.

Waverly Light & Power's general managers says similar to Cedar Falls, people who live in Waverly would still have the option to choose other media companies.

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