Your feedback is very important! As part of our Broadband Study and Assessment, Clinton County encourages citizens to participate in our broadband survey. The survey will measure actual internet speeds at homes and businesses in the county and gather feedback on citizen experiences with broadband services.
The Clinton County Board of Supervisors has retained a team of broadband advisors led by SmartSource Consulting of Grimes, Iowa to conduct a comprehensive broadband study across the county in 2021.
The goals of the Broadband Study and Assessment are:
Develop market information that encourages existing providers, or if needed new market entrants, to build fiber networks and offer services in rural, city, and adjacent area markets by demonstrating growing customer demand for higher-quality broadband.
Facilitate public-private partnerships between one or more private and nonprofit entities with some balance of ownership, control, and operation between the partner entities by mapping assets and discovering gaps.
Studying the feasibility of publicly owned infrastructure and managed municipal fiber networks.
Clinton County intends to be a catalyst for change in expanding both broadband access and local economic opportunities by (1) facilitating ways to leverage providers’ existing investment, (2) identifying potential operating and capital partners based on demonstrating areas of Clinton County are attractive markets to expand into, and (3) devising a strategic implementation strategy for Clinton County, cities, and current fiber-based providers once gap areas are identified.
Anecdotal evidence indicates there are reliability and availability issues with some incumbent cable and telephone companies, however a full determination of market demand for improved services has not been vetted. Without industry-specific data about potential demand to define providers’ opportunities, it will otherwise likely be difficult for the County to reach its goal of attracting new investment and service provider alternatives. Recent experiences dealing with COVID-19 impacts show that remote work, education, and health care are vital to keeping local economies vibrant. Raising public awareness and support for these broad public benefits will facilitate new, coordinated investments by broadband providers in Clinton County.
Resources for Clinton County Residents
Webcasts & Meetings
As part of the Broadband Study several webcasts and meetings on topics related to broadband will be held September of 2021. Check back here for the schedule!
Click the Facebook icon above to visit the Clinton County Broadband study page. (@clintoncountybroadband). LIKE the page and follow the discussion with fellow citizens!
Frequently Asked Questions
On this page we'll keep an updated list of questions we receive about the survey and the study and answers to those questions.