Lyndon Township Broadband Infrastructure Well On Its Way





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By Lynne Beauchamp, lbeauchamp@thesuntimesnews.com

Lyndon Township Board members, along with the township’s Broadband Implementation Committee, have made strides in the progression of its township-wide broadband infrastructure.

During the regular township board meeting on August 14 board members approved Henkels and McCoy as the outside plant constructor, as recommended by the Broadband Implementation Committee, for Lyndon’s Broadband project. In addition, the township approved, by resolution, several items related to moving forward on the project that involves telecommunications and contracts.



With this, the board approved contract rates for the Lyndon Township broadband provider, Midwest Energy and Communication.

The monthly rates established and approved rates are as follows for Lyndon Township: Unlimited Fiber Internet; Basic/25Mbps-$34.95; Ultra/100Mbs-$44.95; and GIG 1Gps-$69.95: Unlimited Phone; Residential-$39.95; Business-$49.95. Bundle Internet and Phone and receive a $10 discount. Managed WI-FI: $5/month. Managed WI-FI service includes a high-tech router plus unlimited 24/7 remote support. Free for Gig subscribers. Seasonal Rate $15/month (for each service). Off-season pricing for up to six months each year for seasonal residents. Off-season service includes 2 Mbps (upload/download) speed and if one has phone service, one keeps the phone number and can dial 911. Installation If one signs up for the service before April 30, 2019, there will be no installation fees. Anyone who signs up after this date, will incur a fee to bring service from the main line to the residence; $300 for up to 300 feet of line installation. Additional feet are charged at $1 per foot.

In a press release from Gary Munce, Lyndon Township Implementation Committee, Lyndon Township residents, in the next few weeks, will be receiving information on how to sign up for the service. Additional information can be found at www.lyndonbroadband.org or for those with questions, contact lyndonbroadband1@gmail.com .

Munce added that the completion date of the project has been extended beyond the original estimated date. He said by doing so, will lower the overall construction costs as well as making sure the project meets all design, regulatory, safety and operational specifications.

“The residents of Lyndon Township have undertaken a project that is one of the first of its kind in the state of Michigan,” said Munce. “Being first often brings with it challenges that require extra effort and time to solve…those who follow us will certainly benefit from the work we have accomplished.”

 

 

 

 

 

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Seth Kinker

Reporter/Digital Media for The Sun Times News

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