Mayor Don Boeder
On Gaylord: “As Mayor of a small city I believe high speed broadband internet is essential for economic growth in rural communities.”
On Next Century Cities: “Next Century Cities brings cities large and small together to collaborate their experiences for all communities to have high speed broadband from coast to coast.”
What Gaylord is Working on: RS Fiber Cooperative is a collaborative effort of 10 cities and 17 townships to make the build out possible. Six years of planning and putting together financing has come to fruition, and in the past year, the communities of Gaylord and Winthrop have been hooked up and running. Also, to generate funds, RS Fiber is now offering air broadband to rural customers. As the build progresses, these customers will have the choice to hook up to cable, which will bring the high speed advantage to their farms.
Opportunities are already happening because of the RS Fiber project with the building of a new elementary school in Gaylord, and the city taking possession of the old one. Gaylord is also working with a developer to bring a medical school to town, which would not have been possible without high speed broadband internet.