Our Story

The story of FiberNet Monticello is truly a fascinating story. It intertwines grass roots local voice with incumbent challenge. While the events include both tremendous strength and support with moments of frustration and adversity; FiberNet Monticello has never wavered its dedication to bring the local community superior, advanced communications with integrity and honesty. Franklin D. Roosevelt captures the marching orders for Monticello:

“I therefore lay down the following principle: That were a community, a city or county or a district – is not satisfied with the service rendered or the rates charged by the private utility, it has the undeniable basic right, as one of its functions of Government, one of its functions of home rule, to set up, after a fair referendum to its voters has been had, its own governmentally owned and operated service. That right has been recognized in a good many of the States of the Union. Its general recognition by every State will hasten the day of better service and lower rates. It is perfectly clear to me, and to every thinking citizen, that no community which is sure that it is now being served well, and at reasonable rates by a private utility company, will seek to build or operate its own plant. But on the other hand the very fact that a community can, by vote of the electorate, create a yardstick of its own, will, in most cases, guarantee good service and low rates to its population. I might call the right of the people to own and operate their own utility something like this, a “birch rod” in the cupboard to be taken out and used only when the “child” gets beyond the point where a mere scolding does no good.”

By: Franklin D. Roosevelt, September 21, 1932 Portland Speech