warning: file_exists(): open_basedir restriction in effect. File(/var/www/vhosts/glencoenews.com/httpdocs/../ad_/ad_cache_.inc) is not within the allowed path(s): (/var/www/vhosts/glencoenews.com/httpdocs/:/tmp/) in /var/www/vhosts/glencoenews.com/httpdocs/sites/all/modules/ad/adserve.inc on line 160.

Brownton City Council to seek public comment on RS Fiber

The city of Brownton is planning at least one public meeting to get input on whether it should continue its participation in the RS Fiber project.
The project, which includes 10 communities in Sibley and Renville counties, has a goal of providing fiber optic to homes and businesses as an alternative to traditional copper cabling for phone, Internet and television service.
The Brownton City Council met in special session with Mark Erickson, former Winthrop city administrator, who is on a leave of absence to help coordinate the start-up of RS Fiber.
Council Member Doug Block, who represents the city for the RS Fiber project, said he was concerned about the potential cost to the city.
“What if only 10 people (in Brownton) sign up?” asked Block, who noted that the city could be on the hook for $704,000 if the project never gets off the ground.
Each of the participating cities has been asked to use its bonding authority as collateral for the private cooperative that has been formed to run the project. The total cost of the project is estimated at $15 million.
Erickson said he feels that there will be more participation in Brownton than 10 residents. Other communities have half or more of their residents signing pledge cards.
The problem, Erickson said, is that Brownton, Stewart, Buffalo Lake and Lafayette were all invited “late” to join the project.
Erickson said that if there appears to be little desire for the service in Brownton, “it’s not because of lack of interest, but because people just aren’t aware of it.”

For more, see the Feb. 4 print edition of The Chronicle.