Nash considers internet contract
BY LINDELL JOHN KAY
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.