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Internet/phone plan presented to county

July 31, 2012
By Michael Tidemann - Staff Writer , Estherville Daily News

The Emmet County Board of Supervisors Tuesday received a proposal for Internet and phone service, including plans for three and five years.

Matt Lauritsen and Mike Burnham of Mediacom made the proposal which would include a fiber optic line that would provide both high-speed data and phone service. According to Burnham, the service would be to all county buildings in Estherville. He said the county could keep its existing phone numbers. "This would be brand-new technology brought in over fiber," Burnham said. He said the dedicated Internet would be guaranteed managed service and constantly monitored.

Burnham said the three-year agreement would save the county $350 a month by moving all services to Mediacom.

Lauritsen said the price would be guaranteed for the full length of the term, with no construction or installation costs.

The three-month agreement would be $2,079.38 a month while the five-year agreement would be $1,729.38 a month.

The board indicated it would take up the matter when all members were present. Supervisors Alan Madden and Tim Schumacher were not present during the discussion.



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