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Welcome to the City of Chanute!  Our community of 9,100 has an energetic, historic downtown charm, rich wildlife and parks, and a tremendous fiber optic broadband service for businesses and public organizations.  We are a full-service city, offering electric, gas, water, refuse, and wastewater utility services.  This public blog will post updates and answer questions on city-related projects and services.  Our goal is to provide timely and accurate information to you.  We have three blog guidelines:  1) Be safe, 2) Be respectful, and 3) Be productive.  If these guidelines are violated or if your comment is not related to the blog topic, it will not be published.  Thank you!

Nov 12

Fiber to the Home

Posted on November 12, 2014 at 11:38 AM by Ken Morrison

I want to start off this blog with what could be the most important topic of the time for Chanute's future- A Fiber to the Home project.  Fiber to the Home (FTTH) is probably more accurately called Fiber to the Premises (FTTP) because the goal is to run fiber optic cable to as many homes and businesses as possible.  There is no question that installing FTTP will be an expensive investment.  There will be a lot of questions like- who gets it, how much will it cost, how long will it take to pay back, when will this happen, how do I use it, are there privacy concerns, is it worth it, can I live without it?

First, let me tell you a little bit about the fiber optics we already have in Chanute and why we developed it.

The Present
The City of Chanute started running fiber optic lines in the 1980's for the purpose of connecting our utility plants.  Because of the high reliability of fiber optics, the city continued expanding that fiber to include our anchor institutions- hospital, clinics, schools, community college, public safety services.  Major banks and businesses in Chanute have also seen the benefits of the high speed fiber optic network, and they have become important customers to leading to the expansion of Chanute's fiber optic service.

Now, let's consider what has changed and why we are considering expanding the services.

The Future
Technology has changed greatly since the 1980s and the need for more and faster internet speed continues to grow.  Is it time to run fiber optics to every home and business?  What are the public safety benefits?  What are the health benefits?  What are the educational benefits?  What are business benefits?  What are the innovation and economic benefits?  How much money will Chanute keep in town by offering the service internally instead of sending our monthly payments to outside cable companies?  What cost savings will our city gain by adding on automatic meter information, allowing residents and the utility departments to more efficiently conserve and control our energy use?  Can we afford it? And, an equally  important question, what will happen if we don't provide this service?

Dec 18

Open Records Requests

Posted on December 18, 2013 at 10:45 AM by Rebecca Wood

If you can't find information on the website, you may submit an Open Records Request, and we will respond as soon as possible, but not longer than 3 days.  The open records request process has been long established to provide open access to city records and also help us be good stewards of city time and resources.  Thank you!