Arlington Opts Out On Fiber Line 20 Mar 12

The Arlington City Council on Monday voted to opt out of a project that aims to bring fiber optic internet access to Renville and Sibley Counties. The Renville-Sibley Fiber project is expected to cost upwards of $70-million, with the counties and their communities funding the initiative to bring broadband internet to underserved towns and rural areas. City Councilors in Arlington voted 4-1 to withdraw from the project, however, citing possible financial risks and liability issues. Several other local communities have already signed on to the project, but Arlington was the community with the largest population base in the Renville-Sibley Fiber area.