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ImOn plans residential internet for Iowa City, Coralville

ImOn Communications
ImOn Communications

Cedar Rapids-based ImOn Communications has announced plans to expand residential broadband internet services to Iowa City and Coralville.

Construction on the fiber-to-the-home service will begin this spring, ImOn CEO Patrice Carroll said in a Wednesday news release.

“ImOn has been providing internet, data and voice solutions to businesses in Iowa City and Coralville for almost three years now,” Carroll, said in the release. “We have found the business community to be very welcoming and we are looking forward to expanding our services to the residents of Iowa City and Coralville beginning 2019.”

ImOn first entered the Iowa City market in 2016 with business broadband and telephone services. Last year, the company expanded its offering to include residential broadband for mixed-use and apartment buildings.

In 2015, Blooming Grove, N.Y.-based internet service provider Mediacom Communications filed a lawsuit against the city of Iowa City over a set of agreements the city made with a ImOn that allowed the company to expand services in the city without a cable franchise agreement.

Mediacom, which does have a franchise agreement, has to pay certain fees to Iowa City to provide its cable TV service.

In March 2016, Mediacom expanded its lawsuit to include ImOn.

Mediacom dropped the suit this past spring after a U.S. Appeals Court panel upheld a previous ruling that the lawsuit should be dismissed.

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The panel agreed that ImOn does not require a franchise agreement because the company has not provided or proposed to provide cable services.

ImOn already provides services in Cedar Rapids and Dubuque.

Last month the communications company announced plans for a $1 million investment to increase bandwidth speeds across its service footprint in parts of Cedar Rapids.

Folience, The Gazette’s parent company, is an investor in ImOn.

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