The citizens approved it in 2000, but it wasn't until Monday night that the vote of the people was given a green light by the Waverly City Council.
Waverly Light and Power (WPL) is now officially a municipal communications utility.
The council voted Monday 5-2 to pass Ordinance 970, establishing the entity, adding the potential for phone, video and broadband services for the Waverly area.
"We are so pleased that the council, representing the community, saw the value of putting the structure in place in order to advance a vision that the citizens of Waverly began more than 12 years ago," Diane Johnson, WLP's general manager, told Waverly Newspapers Wednesday. "We see this as a way to enhance the economic vitality of Waverly and the quality of life for people who live and work here."