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October 29, 2020

9/16/2020 9:27:00 AM
Windom telecom is a highly valuable asset

Oh, how I wish we could return to the days before computers.
The only thing worse than having a computer is not having one. Also, the only thing in life that is constant is change, serving on the Windom City Council proves it.
Since moving to rural Lakefield, the slow speed of the internet blows me away. This is true for most rural areas. After a lot of research, I went with MVTV for internet - because it is beamed from the Red Rock Rural Water Tower, two miles away, and because I have faith in their technician, Kjell Turner of Windom. Since we live outside Lakefield's city limits, we cannot connect to Southwest Broadband.
After leaving Windom with the gigabit wireless transmitter for phone, internet and TV, I am suddenly in the very slow lane of internet. The people of Windom can be exuberant in the lightning internet speed Windom provides with their fiber optic system. It is the envy of most other communities.
I will tell you that as a councilman for Windom, I looked at our telecom and the dollars it cost for every update in equipment as technology changed. Remember I said the only constant in life was change. I learned to embrace the change, rather than to look at telecom as a money pit. Without telecom, Windom would not have the prosperity as well as its present and future jobs and housing. From an EDA viewpoint it has made Windom stand out.
I have high praise for the telecom board, management of telecom and City Administrator Steve Nasby. They wisely abandoned cable TV as we once knew it. Instead, they opened up a whole new world for TV watchers with over-the-top broadband programming - albeit a bit more cumbersome to learn for the no-tech user.
The vision and decisions they made, even prior to my being on the council, will serve Windom residents with lower taxes and costs. Incidentally, I was not on the telecom commission, I was an outsider looking in.
As a councilman you have to rely on your commissions to be experts.The council wisely relies on these volunteers to look after the overall best interest of the community. So my hat is off in appreciation to all the volunteers that I worked with on committee assignments, and even those I did not work with.
     - Rodney Byam

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