Early 1995 saw another major change for KCTC when the board approved an ambitious 5-year plan to bring Kalona to the cutting edge of technology with fiber optic service for all customers. While national companies were beginning to talk about providing high speed fiber service in urban areas, Kalona Cooperative Telephone Company’s plans would bring fiber to its mostly rural customers much sooner.  Installation of backbone fiber for optical network units (ONU) sites began in 1996, and soon all toll traffic was routed over the new redundant fiber route.