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Pella Fiber Timeline

The Pella Fiber initiative got underway in 2018, with the goal of bringing a high-speed, fiber optic network to our community. Here’s an outline of the steps we’ve taken so far—and what’s happening next!

Summer/Fall 2021
  • Pella Fiber services will be available!
May 2021
  • The Pella Fiber testing phase began in areas where network construction was complete, with several residences volunteering to act as test customers
April 2021
  • Pella Fiber put the finishing touches on the new operations center on Truman Road, installing and testing equipment and electronics and training employees. The customer service team will continue to work at City Hall
March 2021
  • Construction was completed on the new facility for Pella Fiber and the electric utility
February 2021
  • Construction of the Pella Fiber route to Grinnell was completed
August 2020
  • The City finalized an agreement with UnityPoint Health—Grinnell Regional Medical Center to connect to Pella Fiber’s provider at the Grinnell hospital’s facilities. This collaboration cleared the way for the construction of 33.6 miles of fiber between the two cities, a critical step to providing the needed bandwidth to Pella residents
July 2020
  • Pella Fiber reached a milestone of more than 2,500 residents signed up for site surveys
June 2020
  • Excel Utility Contractors began construction on the fiber optic network. Work is projected to be finished by the end of the 2021 construction season
May 2020
  • Pella residents began signing up for free site surveys and fiber installation. The surveys gave the City of Pella approval to install an underground fiber service line as part of the network construction project
April 2020
  • The Council approved a contract with Excel Utility Contractors for construction of the fiber optic network. The Council also approved a contract with Edge Commercial for construction of a 16,500 square foot office facility to be shared by Pella Fiber and the City of Pella electric utility. The facility is located on Truman Road, south of the former electric facility
July 2019
  • The Council awarded a contract to NewCom Technologies to design the fiber optic network and central offices for the new utility
March 2019
  • The Council and FARR Technologies completed the business plan
June 2018
  • The City Council approved a contract with FARR Technologies to develop a business plan for Pella Fiber
May 2018
  • With a support level of 92%, the citizens of Pella approved the creation of a telecommunications utility