technology, sustainability, and community enhancements. “Recent reports show that gigabit availability
has become an important factor in economic growth, job creation, and property values” states IMU
General Manager Todd Kielkopf. “Indianola’s technology investment in connectivity, collaborations, and
content delivery is paying dividends”.
Additionally, IMU recently announced its plans to expand its fiber network this winter. Retail
service is being extended to an additional 150 premises in the central part of Indianola. Also, a new
fiber trunk line is being built as part of the West Highway 92 relocation project that will allow for future
retail service in that area. “We continue to build the case that citizens and businesses want higher levels of service at a lower price, and IMU is setting the bar high for that to happen locally” said IMU Network Services’ Mike Metcalf, who heads up construction of the network.
As a municipal utility, accelerating the network’s expansion relies on community engagement.
MCG’s website offers a link (www.mahaska.org/build-my-neighborhood) to let IMU know where citizens
want to have fiber built into their neighborhood and help guide where to build next. Over 90 people
have already done this with more submitting daily. MCG Marketing and Sales Manager Steve Burnett
says “Gigabit service is an exciting opportunity. Less than 8% of the people in the U.S. have service of
this nature, so Indianola is in rare company. The demand for it will only grow.”