The Ceylon City Council has approved Federated Broadband, Jackson, to provide fiber to their 200 residents. Federated Broadband is a department under Federated Rural Electric in Jackson.
“With the guidance and direction of the mayor, the city of Ceylon secured a $855,669 Community Development Block Grant from the pandemic funding to bri
ng fiber to our residents within the municipal boundary,” stated Mayor John Gibeau. “We did a request for proposals seeking a qualified internet service provider to design, construct, manage and operate the fiber to the home project. We received two applications and approved the Federated Broadband contract at our May 26 meeting.”
“Federated and Ceylon met June 7 to outline the timeline, but we hope
to have some and possibly most, connected by the end of this year,” stated Scott Reimer, Federated’s general manager. “We will be installing state-of-the art gigabit speed symmetrical service to all residences who wish to receive it under the grant. Monthly pricing will be competitive for all tiers. An informational letter will be mailed to Ceylon residents in July.”
Reimer stated that environmental permits and staking must be completed first. “After
the environmental review is finished, which may take up to 10 weeks, we hope to begin work by early fall,” Reimer added. “We already have some of the fiber materials here and the rest of it is ordered. A fiber contractor should be selected soon.”
Interested Ceylon businesses can also connect to the fiber but are not covered by this grant funding.