Kwikom gets $500K for fiber optic cable project

Kwikom Communications of Iola was given nearly $500,000 to install fiber optic services in Paola. Kansas is putting a priority on providing rural broadband services.

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May 27, 2022 - 3:39 PM

John Terry, left, and Eric Vogel in Kwikom’s warehouse. The company has outgrown its space on Miller Road, Vogel said, and is looking to either build or find a new location. Photo by Susan Lynn / Iola Register

Kwikom Communications of Iola was recently awarded just shy of $500,000 in matching funds to install 10 gigabit fiber optic cable in Paola. 

Kwikom is one of 11 recipients awarded the funds which come from the state’s 10-year Broadband Acceleration Grant established in 2020. More than 35 businesses vied for the competitive grants. 

In Paola’s case, the city and Kwikom will go 50-50 to match the state’s $496,190 commitment to install fiber optic cable across 5.5 square miles. 

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