Ottumwa, Iowa, has included increasing high-speed Internet access in its comprehensive plan for 2021. Local officials point out that Ottumwa is behind other nearby cities when it comes to availability of high-speed Internet, and the need is also only increasing as more businesses rely on online sales. The city wants to build a larger network that connects to schools, businesses and eventually residents. The city also wants several Internet vendors to provide service over the network as a way to keep costs low. City Administrator Phillip Rath says it could take up to 18 months before businesses and schools experience improved Internet speeds. It could be longer for residents to see their Internet speeds improve.
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