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Council signs broadband agreement

Staff writer

High speed Internet is coming to Hillsboro after city council members Tuesday signed a memorandum of understanding with TC Wireless that establishes terms for constructing fiber to the city.

Under the agreement, TC Wireless, a subsidiary of Tri-County Telephone, will build the fiber and the city will consider issuing economic development revenue bonds, if needed, to pay the cost of the project.

Marion signed an agreement in December to have a high-speed broadband plan and study done by TCT.

Marion city administrator Roger Holter said at that time TCT can apply for a grant, loan, or combination from the United States Department of Agriculture for the costs of bringing fiber to Marion.

Hillsboro city administrator Larry Paine said the two cities are working together to access broadband service.

Hillsboro mayor Lou Thurston said it makes sense for the two cities to work in conjunction on bringing broadband service to the communities.

Hillsboro’s memorandum of understanding contains a clause that the city will pay the costs associated with issuing any needed economic development revenue bonds up to a cap of $50,000.

Last modified Feb. 5, 2020