Friday, August 12, 2022

Joplin officials seeking partner to bring broadband to every home, business in city

(From the City of Joplin)

The City of Joplin, Missouri is seeking a broadband partner interested in helping the City bring fiber-optic broadband to every home and business in the city. 

The intention of this Request for Information (RFI) is to open a dialog with interested Internet Service Providers (ISPs) or other parties interested in helping the City to meet that goal. The City encourages and is open to innovative ideas on how to fund and bring a fiber solution.

In September 2018, the City of Joplin began the process of assessing whether the City should adopt a Smart City approach to advance more resilient economic and community development to benefit its citizens and businesses. Broadband deployment was identified in Joplin’s Smart City Roadmap as a critical element to achieving its goals. The pandemic slowed progress; however, the City is now moving forward on this project.

The City seeks innovative partners to deploy a citywide open-access fiber network and as such is releasing this RFI to identify ISPs who wish to be a part of Joplin’s future. To access the Request for Information visit: All final submittals are to be emailed to Johan Bullington at no later than 5:00 PM CST on September 2, 2022.

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Anonymous said...

Well I’m sure they will find a great partner to help them with this. They have a great track record of goood decisions like Wallace-Bajalli etc.

Anonymous said...

I’m in Springfield where CU laid early fiber for business use but due to state law could not offer it to normal people. My brother lives in middle of nowhere farm field jasper county and CrawKan had fiber ready to go to his newly built place.

He is surrounded by as many neighbors per square mile as I am on my block. CU finally laid out a plan for fiber to each resident with Quantum…but that’s now slowed down. They trimmed my trees last year and I’m still 2 years from available.

Anonymous said...

I think Joplin’s actions are to little to late. Cellular home internet seems to be the ticket. I get 3 times the speed and reliable internet for 1/2 what the hard wire competition is offering
It will be hard to pull me away. By the time anything happens with this I think most people will have the same. Where was this 5 years ago

Anonymous said...

"Municipal broadband has been obstructed in many states over the years. In fact, a recent Republican-led bill would create a nationwide ban on establishing and operating municipal networks. Despite this, there has been significant legislative movement on this issue over the past year, including bills across five states in 2021 alone."


Missouri Revised Statutes § 392.410(7)

Missouri state law allows municipalities to offer broadband services to residents, but they cannot offer telephone or TV as well. It also bars municipal governments from leasing broadband infrastructure to other communications providers. Municipalities may offer broadband service for use in internal government services, educational and emergency and healthcare scenarios, but are only able to offer “Internet-type services” to residents. All told, this has historically made the economic prospect of operating a network prohibitively costly in the state.

Find and Compare Internet Providers in Missouri."

Anonymous said...

Blame the republicans who rule Missouri?

Anonymous said...

We have Craw-Kan. My last Ookla Speed Test clocked in at 355 Mbps download and 442 Mbps upload. I’m going to miss it when I move.