Fiber optic networks spark growth for rural businesses

Fiber optic networks spark growth for rural businesses

Koster Grain is a growing business in rural Iowa.

Based in the small Carroll County community of Maple River, the 38-year-old company has expanded its services from handling grain to selling a wide variety of feed, livestock bedding and other products around Iowa and other states. It now employs 40 people and hopes to add more jobs soon, says manager Jeff Koster.

For Koster Grain, the high-speed Internet services supplied by Western Iowa Networks in nearby Breda have become an essential business tool. Along with dramatically expanding the company’s broadband Internet capacity, the fiber-based service provides Koster Grain secure lines for online transactions, keeps the various company locations in close contact and helps in real-time transportation scheduling. Koster even uses the ...

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