Feasibility Study Delivered
Residents Affirm Support
Residents receive a survey with the summer tax bill aimed at gauging public interest in broadband. 83% of the registered voter respondents said that having high speed Internet was “important “or “very important”. Additionally, when asked to prioritize a list of fifteen issues respondents ranked broadband access as second in importance, behind only “protecting water quality.”
Board Approves Ballot Language
Following strong support from residents, the Lyndon Township Board unanimously approves ballot language for a bond proposal to fund construction of a fiber optic broadband network serving every home in Lyndon Township.
Voters Pass Millage
Lyndon Township residents approve a 20-year, $7 million bond proposal to fund construction of a community owned fiber optic broadband network serving every home in Lyndon Township. The vote passes with 622 (66%) voting yes, and 321 (34%) voting no–and with a record high non-general election voter turnout of over 43%.
Implementation Committee Formed
After a two-month open call for volunteers, Lyndon Township board selects an Implementation Committee of six members and six sub committees comprised of Lyndon Township residents to oversee the construction and implementation.
RFP Issued for Engineering
Lyndon Township board issues a RFP (Request for Proposal) for the engineering, design and construction management of the fiber optic network.
Finley Engineering Selected
Lyndon Township board approves the selection of Finley Engineering as the project engineer, construction manager and inspection service provider for the Lyndon Broadband Project.
RFI for ISP Issued
Lyndon Township board issues a RFI (Request for Information) to gather information and aid in the selection of an Internet Service Provider (ISP). The ISP will provide both customer service to subscribers and the backbone to connect the township’s fiber optic network to the Internet.
MEC Selected as Operator
After an exhaustive selection process, Midwest Energy & Communication (MEC) is chosen by the board to operate the new fiber optic network under a 5-year contract. MEC will be providing drop and home installation services, customer support, and Internet connectivity to residents.
RFP issued for Outside Plant Project
The board issues a RFP (Request for Proposal) for the Outside Plant Project–the actual construction/installation of the approximately 70 miles of mainline fiber optic cable within the township.
Henkels and McCoy Selected
The Broadband Implementation Committee put forward their recommendation of Henkels and McCoy for the Outside Plant (OSP) constructor. The board accepts the committee’s recommendation and awards the contract.
Contractor Henkels and McCoy begins construction on the private roads that have been staked in the Werkner and Island Lake Zones. The fiber enters Lyndon Township on Werkner Road, just east of M-52 in the SE corner of the township.