LISCO stops service to Washington
A Fairfield-based telecommunications company has announced its intentions to discontinue service to Washington and Columbus Junction.
According to online records from the Iowa Utilities Board, LISCO Corporation filed a request with the board to discontinue service to the two towns on Oct. 24. The notice to the state regulating board indicated that LISCO would drop its service on Jan. 22, 2013. LISCO notified its customers to make other arrangements for phone and Internet.
The notice indicates that LISCO had 14 customers in Washington and eight in Columbus Junction. The company said it was operating at a loss by providing service to so few customers.
LISCO rents network infrastructure from the company Windstream in order to provide standard telephone service. It also provides a digital subscriber line. It said in the notice that both services will be available to its customers from other local landline and cellular phone providers.
LISCO said it cannot afford to pay Windstream for transporting direct data. LISCO said Windstream charges LISCO more at wholesale than Windstream charges its own customers.