Fast, affordable Internet access for all.
An HFC plant uses thousands of active devices (such as amplifiers) to keep data flowing between the customer and the service provider. Any one of these devices can fail, interrupting service. In contrast, the all-fiber plant will be a passive optical network, with no active components between the distribution center and the end user. Fewer “moving parts” means fewer points of failure and a more reliable system.CFU puts community needs first:
“We know from experience that economic growth comes to cities that keep their infrastructure up to date, whether it’s roads, water, electricity or broadband,” said Krieg [CFU General Manager]. “CFU is going to do what it takes to make sure Cedar Falls has leading-edge communications technology, and maintain economical rates for internet and video services.”The network was launched in 1996, one of the first communities with citywide broadband access. It has enjoyed success using a variety of metrics, including financial:
The Communications Utility earned operating income of $2.4 million on sales of $11.3 million in 2009. The Utility’s earnings are used to repay the money borrowed to build the system, and to keep the plant up to date with changing technology. The Communications Utility paid off $6.9 million of long-term debt while continuing to invest in system improvements during the period.