CenturyLink to offer more Internet in Dubuque

Published On: Jun 06 2013 06:24:44 AM CDT   Updated On: Jun 06 2013 06:24:00 AM CDT
DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) -

A communications company has announced a $2.3 million investment into bringing more reliable Internet and data service to the Dubuque area.

CenturyLink announced Wednesday a project that will create a second fiber optic line that's nearly 70 miles. The project is part of an effort to prevent major outages in the area.

The Dubuque Telegraph Herald reports the company made the investment without public assistance and without a rate increase to its customers.

CenturyLink officials say the move was prompted by a June 2012 incident involving an excavator accidentally severing the first fiber optic line. Residents and businesses, including emergency responders, had no phone service or Internet for hours.