NewDawn Fiber Brings Gigabit Internet to Excelsior Springs, Mo.

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KANSAS CITY, MO — NewDawn Fiber, a new communications company, has begun installing high-speed fiber in Excelsior Springs, Mo., where the firm has its operations hub. Excelsior Springs is located about 20 miles northeast of Kansas City, MO. The community is known for its mineral waters, which first drew tourists from around the world in the 1800s and continues as a weekend destination for tourists today.

"For years the focus for high-speed technology has been placed on the metro and urban areas by the large cable and phone companies," said Kennis Mann, CEO and co-founder of NewDawn Fiber. While many small rural communities have had fiber optic services for 15 to 20 years due to funding from government programs, the suburbs and communities like Excelsior Springs are left without these advancements, which are key in keeping them competitive in today's markets. "We know our efforts in providing service to these outlying areas will make a positive impact," Mann said.

Extending Gigabit Speeds to Rural Areas
Only about 8 percent of the country has access to these gigabit speeds, according to the National Telecommunication and Information Administration. Despite the technology having been around for at least fifteen years, technology advancements have made it possible to extend those opportunities to more areas.

According to Mann, NewDawn Fiber is getting ahead of the curve by offering its services to a rural market. Expected to launch later this summer, the company has already provided services for the community's largest festival to use, and has plans to offer wireless Internet to the downtown area, where most of the city's tourism takes place. "We are excited to announce our internet, phone and television services will be provided to the new Excelsior Springs Community Center, slated to open this fall," said Mann.

"Technology is at the forefront of today's economy. Without access to these developments, our business environment will lack what it needs to succeed," said Jim Hampton, Clay County economic development director. "With NewDawn Fiber providing access to more rural areas of the county, we can assure those business communities they will have what they need to survive."

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