Monroe City Council Has Yet to Sign Commitment with Chariton Valley

September 12, 2018

By Abbey Gerveler

On June 21, 2018, locally owned and operated local exchange company, Chariton Valley (CV), released news regarding their aggressive expansion plan, which would bring gigabit internet service from Macon to Hannibal, and bring premiere fiber optic services to several unserved towns in between. This 2.5 million dollar construction project, authorized by CV Board of Directors, would include implementation of services in Monroe City, Missouri.

CV representatives Dustin Bachtel and Daren Dowell were present at last month’s August 23rd Monroe City Council meeting and discussed their expansion plan before the council. They compared their phone system with other bidders and answered questions about fiber installation.

Alderman Jeremy Moss expressed his concern about delays in fiber installation in the City, to which Batchel explained that the process would take at least six months and could include challenges getting right of ways from the railroad. Utility interruption was also a concern for the Alderman.

CV is leading the state and much of the nation in offering fiber optic network service. Fiber optic cables, which are network cables that carry information using pulses of light through strands of glass fibers, are used to support internet, telephone systems, and cable television. They are designed for high performance, long distance data networking as well as telecommunications.

Though, understanding of the opportunities as well as economic benefits CV fiber would bring to the Monroe City Community, Alderman Moss explained his reluctance to sign a commitment on the basis that CV had not provided specifics about its services. At last week’s September 6th City Council Meeting, Alderman Moss stated his concern:

“My only concern would be signing a commitment with Chariton Valley with the basis of no expectation to the services. It was like an estimated time frame, and they didn’t really give us an exact location with the fiber. I would love to have fiber with this community. I think it would be a good move for the community, but I would agree that Charity Valley provide us with more specifics.”

For now, CV’s fiber optic services are on hold for Monroe City until more information can be provided. To learn more about CV’s fiber optics, visit www.cvalley.net or call 660-395-9000.