2017-09-21 / News

Town may have Internet options

Limited demand for Internet service could make it more cost-effective to invest in wireless infrastructure rather than cabling Jamestown with fiber optics, Town Administrator Andy Nota reported at Monday’s council meeting.

According to Nota, the aging copper cabling used by Cox Communications, which was installed more than 30 years ago, is responsible for the low-speed performance that has irked several customers. While a network of fiber cabling is an option, Nota said similar communities are installing wireless as the preferred and cheaper method.

Aside from Cox, other providers have made wireless upgrades, although their service is not yet permitted. However, Nota said, this is a good sign that competition and improvements may not be too far in the distant future.

Mike Glier, who supervises the town’s information technology, continues to research the options.

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