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High Speed Fiber Internet Possible for Nixa

NIXA, Mo. -- Nixa could get a serious boost to browsing speed, thanks to fiber internet.
NIXA, Mo. -- Nixa could get a serious boost to browsing speed, thanks to fiber internet.

British company Sifi Networks, with the city's blessing, is surveying residents this week to see if they would use upgraded infrastructure.

For the city, it comes down to attracting businesses to set up shop in Nixa.

The city is quickly outgrowing its current internet capacity.

That makes browsing slow in homes and can hinder companies from doing business.

Future Nixa neighborhoods are being designed right now by civil engineer Clayton Hines.

He shares those images online with city leaders and architects.

"Our business depends on speed of internet," he said.
 
The files are large and it often takes hours to send them.

But that could be reduced greatly with a proposed fiber wire network to be built underground.

If you have a computer at home or at your business the way you connect to the internet won't change.

You will still use the same wires and connect to the wall.

The only change you would see is that the internet would be much faster than it is right now.

The proposal comes from British company Sifi Networks.

It's surveying Nixa residents like Hines to see they'd pay for use of the fiber network.

"I took the survey, so the prices they listed for the speeds were very reasonable," he said.

Mayor Brian Steele feels an upgrade to the city's internet capacity could make it more competitive.

"Any high speed internet is very expensive in Nixa especially if you compare it to other cities like Kansas City or Springfield," Steele said.

Steele also said it could be done without taxpayer dollars.

The cost would fall only to Sifi and those who choose to use the network.

"In other cities that Sifi has done this same project, they completely do the investment and build the system for the city at no cost to the city," he said.

Hines said his business would definitely benefit from fiber internet, but only if it's affordable.

He said the most expensive plan was about 100 dollars a month, which is close to what he pays now.

The Sifi survey wrap up in six weeks.   

If the company does not decide to pay for the fiber network, Mayor Steele told me he's not interested in using city funds at this point.
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