New broadband option coming to Newton, Iowa

Newton residents will soon have a new, high-speed internet option.

Mahaska Communication Group, a telecommunication company based in Oskaloosa, announced Friday afternoon that it plans to bring fiber-optic broadband to the city of 15,000 just east of the Des Moines metro.

The network will provide up to 2 gigabits per second of high-speed internet to every premise within city limits. According to a news release, the company will also provide TV, local and long-distance telephone services to residential and business customers while also providing freedom from data caps, contracts and introductory price jumps.

Jason Hewitt, Engineering and Construction Manager at Mahaska Communications Group, talks about the upcoming arrival of fiber optic broadband for Newton, Iowa.

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Construction will begin next year and is expected to be complete by late 2024 or early 2025. The company said in the release that the installation will be a phased in, which will allow residents and businesses to receive service as it becomes available.

“We are very excited to make available to the entire Newton community the communication services you deserve,” said Steve Burnett, the assistant general manager at MCG. “We believe our actions will show we are not your ordinary communication provider.”

MCG also plans to open a local office in Newton, bringing about 12 full-time jobs to the community in fields like customer support, technical support and sales.

Melody Mercado covers the eastern Des Moines metro for the Register. Reach her at [email protected] or Twitter @melodymercadotv