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Nash considers internet contract

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BY LINDELL JOHN KAY
Staff Writer

Sunday, September 16, 2018

The Nash County Board of Commissioners is set to discuss high-speed internet among other items Monday afternoon.

The board will hold a public hearing on a possible contract for high-speed internet, according to information from Patsy McGhee, assistant to the county manager in charge of grants and intergovernmental relations.

CloudWyze, a Wilmington-based company, wants to bring wireless broadband internet service to rural Nash County.

The communications technology company, founded in 2012, has been in talks with the county since 2015.

A spinoff company based in Leland, a small town outside Wilmingon, filed for bankruptcy in 2017 after a court ordered it to pay $500,000 to a former employee in a wage dispute trial.

CloudWyze representatives have compared internet service to water and electricity — must-have infrastructure if an area is serious about growing.

Also at the Monday meeting, retiring Nash County Clerk of Court Rachel Joyner will make a presentation in a rare public appearance.

Amy Pridgen-Hamlett, director of the Nash County Department of Social Services, is also set to make a presentation.

The meeting is scheduled for 2:30 p.m. in the Commissioners Conference Room on the third floor of the Claude Mayo Jr. Administration Building at 120 West Washington St. in downtown Nashville.

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