Henderson Quits Fiber Project 15 Nov 12

The City of Henderson has opted out of the Renville-Sibley Fiber Project. The multi-million dollar project would bring fiber optic internet, phone, and television service to residents of the 2 counties, but the Henderson City Council voted 4-1 to withdraw from the project over financial concerns. Councilor Paul Menne cast the lone vote for staying in the project. Sibley County has also opted out of RS Fiber, leaving Renville County and 10 cities still on board. The withdrawal of rural residents of Sibley County and the City of Henderson is expected to significantly lower the project’s construction costs, which are now being projected at around $42.8 million. The hope is to have bonding agreements complete by the end of the year. Residents of rural Sibley County are working on forming a new telecommunications co-op as well that would connect with RS Fiber in the future.