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WIN expanding fiber in southwestern Mills County

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BREDA: Western Iowa Networks (WIN) recently was a recipient of a grant through the Empower Rural Iowa Broadband Grant Program through the Office of the Chief Information Officer, which will aid in the construction of a fiber optic network in a large portion of southwestern Mills County.

Fiber optic services now will be available to more than 250 homes and businesses in this mostly rural area labeled as “Glenwood South.” Construction of this network is planned to begin this summer with service installs beginning before the end of 2021. The addition of this area brings the current number of homes in Mills County, where WIN fiber already passes or currently is being constructed to more than 2,100.

“Many of the folks in this area are having to rely on their Internet connection for educating their children or for their career and, due to geographical and other challenges, have struggled to get a good wireless connection where they live or conduct their business,” WIN CEO Jeff Roiland said. “With the construction of this network, these folks will be able to have the advantages of living in the country but have a broadband connection with no limits.”

He added, “This connection will allow them to hold Zoom meetings, stream video and much more without interruption.”

Breda Telephone Corp., doing business as Western Iowa Networks (WIN), based in Breda, is one of western Iowa’s largest independent telephone companies, and one of the area’s most diverse service providers. WIN provides telephone, Internet, cellular, cable and many complementary services to customers across western and southwestern Iowa including the cities of Arcadia, Auburn, Breda, Carroll, Denison, Farragut, Glenwood, Lidderdale, Macedonia, Malvern, Pacific Junction, Treynor and Westside.

The Office of the Chief Information Officer is the department responsible for managing and delivering infrastructure services to State agencies, establishing standards, reviewing and governing all information technology procurements and projects.

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