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School board approves lease agreement with MetroCast

The Mathews County School Board approved a 10-year agreement Tuesday with cable provider MetroCast Communications to lease space behind Lee-Jackson Elementary School for use as a connection hub, in exchange for cable internet services.

MetroCast will construct a 25’ by 35’ building on the far end of the property near the generator, providing landscaping and fencing to separate it from the school’s playground. For the past few months, the firm has been laying fiber optic cable throughout the county as it prepares to offer its customers enhanced digital services (such as TV-on-demand, internet and telephone).

Superintendent of Schools David J. Holleran said that there will be no tower constructed at the school, "no radar waves … or that type of thing."

Bill Newborg, general manager of MetroCast’s Virginia operations, and senior network engineer Dan Gormley were on hand during the school board meeting at Mathews High School to answer que...

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