Indianola Municipal Utilities announced a network expansion that will bring gigabit broadband service to Indianola in January. The municipal utility has partnered with Oskaloosa-based broadband service provider Mahaska Communication Group  LLC to provide the service. The utility also plans to expand its fiber network to add 150 business locations in central Indianola. The utility also will build a new fiber trunk line as part of the West U.S. Highway 92 relocation project that will allow for future service in that area. The municipality and Mahaska Communication Group are collaborating to provide marketing opportunities for local businesses, common use of network facilities, community outreach and business development. "A local tech center that can attract new partners and businesses is now within the realm of possibilities, given everything else in place" Indianola Development Association Executive Director Jerry Kelley said in a release.