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Smart Poles to be operational by next week

Smart Poles in Mathews County should be fully usable by next week, when the Mathews Broadband Advisory Board plans a media blitz to provide the public with maps and internet access information.

In addition, Mathews Memorial Library expects to have its Mi-Fi units available for checkout by next week for people who seek to have internet access in their homes.

Broadband consultant Jeff Beekhoo told the advisory board during its meeting Tuesday that most of the Smart Poles were fully equipped and operational. The only thing still missing was information for the portal page, and that would be ready once the board approved the document.

The library’s head of technical services, Greg Lewis, said there was no heat in the building, so employees were working from their homes. This has caused a slight delay to completion of the work required to prepare the Mi-Fi units for use, but they should be ready by the end of the week for next week’s launch.

The board learned that the awarding ...

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