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City of Kinston looking at possibility of improving broadband access

KINSTON, N.C. (WNCT) - Eastern Carolina Broadband is petitioning with the City of Kinston for its help to bring more internet access to rural areas.

The company provides internet by using what it calls "line of sight" fixed wireless internet.

They are already serving Jones and Duplin counties.

In preparation for the meeting, our 9 On Your Side reporter, Nicole Neuman, reached out to Mayor Don Hardy about the possibility of bringing the service to Kinston.

On a phone interview, Mayor Hardy said, "I think this is a great idea especially for the youth and adults that need access to the internet. Eastern Carolin Broadband is going to present to the City of Kinston with how much it would cost. I don't see it as an issue. We want to meet in the middle to be fair to everybody."

In order to offer this service in Jones and Duplin, the company said it leases space on all of the counties water towers.

It's interested in leasing space on three of Kinston's five water towers located at 235 Neuse Road, 1341 Cunningham Road, and 2840 Airport Road.

As far as any forward movement on this, we'll have to wait and see what happens at the meeting at Kinston's City Hall on Monday at 5:30 p.m.


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