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Carl Junction residents asked to fill out survey about high speed Internet demand


City officials in Carl Junction, Missouri asking residents whether they'd like to see a fiber optic network added to the city's utility services.

While one small business owner we spoke with says the faster speeds would do wonder for her sales, not all residents are seeing eye-to-eye.

Ladonna Allen recently opened up Ozark Hearth and Home in downtown Carl Junction.  She says the unreliable Internet service she has now has cost her some debit and credit sales online and in the store.

"It has gone down when we were trying to process a payment," Allen says.  "If they don't have the cash to purchase everything they wanted to get then they had to put something back instead of running through a credit card."

Allen says she supports the city installing a fiber optic network if it meant reliability, even if it costs a little extra.

But Carl Junction resident Ron Forbis says he's not convinced.

"I would have to compare what I'm paying today to what the service is there, and then think down the road at the age I am will we always live in Carl and if we don't then do I want to change service and change back again?" says Forbis.

Officials say residents would have the option to purchase Internet, cable, phone or all three.

But the service would be subscription-based so people who don't subscribe wouldn't pay.

"You will get to choose who your server is, what plan do you want, that way you can tailor it to your needs or your household needs or your business needs," says Carl Junction Mayor Mike Moss.

The high speed network would cost the city $4.2 million, money Mayor Moss says the city does not have.

"Do we go out for bond?  Do we go to a bank and borrow the money?" says Moss.  "These questions are being asked of the council and the residents of Carl Junction. "

Residents can make their opinions known with an online survey.

Officials say the city would receive around 20% to 30% of subscriber fees.  They say in about three years they would break even on payment taken out to pay for the network.

Carl Junction residents who want to fill out the resident survey are to visit http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/MPBYCZR

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