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KCC staff recommends Chanute broadband plan

December 9, 2014

— The staff of the Kansas Corporation Commission is recommending approval of Chanute's plans to provide ultra-high fast broadband internet to its residents.

The Wichita Eagle reports the three members of the KCC will make the final decision but staff recommendations usually are highly influential.

Chanute officials want to extend internet service that would be 14 times faster and 60 percent cheaper than any Internet service city residents currently can receive.

KCC staff who studied Chanute's plan says it would not duplicate existing broadband service and it is appropriate for the city to provide Internet service to its residents.

AT&T, which provides service to Chanute, has asked to intervene in the case. But a company official said Monday the company had not taken a position on Chanute's plan.


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