Rural Sioux, Dawes customers helped by Mobius project

High speed internet from Mobius Communications based in Hemingford will soon be readily available to Dawes and Sioux County residents who reside along the River Road.

Roughly 65 miles of fiber optic lines from just west of the Box Butte Reservoir are now being installed.

The project is a reality thanks to a $498,000 grant from the Nebraska Universal Service Fund.

Nebraska Public Service Commissioner Jerry Vap, who represents Nebraskans from Grand Island to the Wyoming border, toured the project Wednesday. Vap says the project costs several thousand dollars a mile, but the new technology will allow those rural residents to work with the same type of quality high speed internet service that urban residents have enjoyed for years.

Vap says the $498,000 grant to Mobius, which required a 25% match, is funded by land line and cell phone surcharges that he believes helps balance the urban and rural communications scale.

Mobius General Manager Tonya Mayer says that nearly all of the residents along the River Road project have signed up for the service, and many of them will be able to utilize the service by late August, and just about everyone else by Christmas. She says that includes the 12 students and staff at the Pink School House that is nestled in the heart of Sioux County. Mayer says it is a project that Mobius couldn't ignore.

The River Road internet project will service roughly 35 customers.

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