City, district to cooperate on fiber optic project

A partnership between the city of Farmington, Minn., and the Farmington School District should make communications at public buildings more reliable, reports the Farmington Independent. The Farmington School Board approved an agreement Jan. 26 in which the two government entities will essentially swap fiber-optic lines. The deal will give both the city and school district multiple connections to all or most of their buildings. That should allow telephone and internet service to continue even if one line is cut. "If we don’t have the fiber, we don’t have the phones. We don’t have 911," said Rosalyn Pautzke, the district’s administrative services director. The city approached the district about a year ago with a proposal for the swap.  There won’t be any new fiber-optic lines installed, beyond connections from existing lines to the buildings they’ll serve…

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