Buoyed by the success last week of the state's first electronic town meeting, state officials are gearing up to complete construction of Iowa's controversial fiber optics telecommunications networks.

Ted Chapler, chief executive officer of the 2,600-mile network, said that the state expect to evaluate by January proposals from telephone and cable firms interested in completing the third and final phase of the voice, data and video communications network. The final phase will link libraries and other users to the network.

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