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Nash signs deal for internet service

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BY LINDELL JOHN KAY
Staff Writer

Thursday, September 20, 2018

Two local rural areas should soon have access to wireless internet thanks to a contract signed earlier this week between a broadband company and the Nash County Board of Commissioners.

CloudWyze, a Wilmington-based company, has a $2 million contract to bring broadband to the entire county beginning with a $300,000 pilot program.

CloudWyze is to erect infrastructure to make wireless high-speed internet available to the northwest corner of the county above Castalia and a southwest area outside Middlesex along N.C. 97 and N.C. 231, according to the contract provided by Jacob Ferry, a community development specialist for Nash County.

The contract sets several milestones the company is expected to accomplish including a Feb. 1 completion deadline for the pilot program.

The company will build a primary and secondary tower in the areas with fiber lines carrying a 100 Mbps signal.

County Manager Zee Lamb said the two areas were selected because they're the hardest to reach — so if wireless works there, it should work in the rest of the county.

"We have a lot of hills and trees in Nash County so wireless seems like the solution," Lamb said. "We will see how it goes."

The county is making broadband available, CloudWyze will be the provider at a cost to customers.

The internet packages range in tiers from basic to turbo, Lamb said.

CloudWyze has been in talks with the county since 2015.

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