Cedar Falls, IA

Mayor Rob Green

Total Population: 40,566
Population Density: 1,365.60 (people/sq.mi.)
Land Mass: 29.61 (sq.mi.)……

Cedar Falls, Iowa is home to one of the first and most successful community broadband systems in the nation. Founded in 1994, today the Cedar Falls Municipal Communications Utility (CFU) provides affordable gigabit broadband city-wide through a fiber-to-the-premises network. More than 14,000 homes and businesses choose CFU for internet and/or television services.

Separate, one-hop fiber paths connect CFU’s local network to diverse upstream providers, including the three most highly connected networks in the world. This robust external network delivers superior reliability and low latency to subscribers, and enables CFU to meet the bandwidth and/or transport capacity needs of virtually any business.

In 2013, Carbondale formed a partnership with Frontier, Southern Illinois University, and Connect SI, and received a $1.5 million grant to build a fiber network in Carbondale. As the region’s first “gigabit city”, this network is up to 100 times faster than speeds currently available. These improvements will help us recruit new business to the region and enable SIU scholars, innovators and entrepreneurs to connect globally. In addition, the gigabit network has created telemedicine opportunities which has enhanced the ability of local healthcare providers to expand their services and capabilities. Our most recent project seeks to provide a robust wifi network throughout our downtown and adjacent neighborhoods which will appeal to the 60% millennial population for which Carbondale is home. Collectively, these improvements will offer Carbondale’s residents, businesses, and anchor institutions a state-of-the-art amenity that is unique within our region.