The City of Pella and UnityPoint Health – Grinnell Regional Medical Center (GRMC) recently entered into an agreement that will allow the City’s telecommunications utility to connect to GRMC’s internet and video provider at the Grinnell hospital’s facilities. This collaboration is a critical step towards establishing the City’s new utility and enabling high-speed internet access for the Pella community. In 2018, the citizens of Pella approved the formation of a telecommunications utility with a 92% support level.
Construction of the Pella Fiber network began in June and is projected to be completed by the end of the year. The goal of the homegrown fiber-optic network is to provide Pella citizens and businesses with access to high-speed internet, cable television, and voice services, connecting customers as early as the spring of 2021.
“Our partnership with UnityPoint Health – Grinnell Regional Medical Center is invaluable to the City of Pella,” stated City Administrator Mike Nardini. “The Grinnell and Pella communities have a long history of working together to promote the common good in our region. Our partnership with UnityPoint Health – Grinnell Regional Medical Center will help facilitate future cooperation which should benefit both communities.”
“Now, more than ever, Pella community members and businesses value the speed and quality of our internet connections,” said Mayor Don DeWaard. “We would like to thank Grinnell Regional Medical Center for their willingness to support the City of Pella in delivering a cutting-edge service that was previously unavailable in Pella.”
Pella Fiber is a municipal utility managed by the City of Pella offering internet, phone, and TV service. As a homegrown initiative, Pella Fiber is uniquely dedicated to providing reliable connections to the people and businesses in the Pella community.