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Contract amended to add options to Velocity Broadband

Gives city of Hudson a second source during network outages

by Laura Freeman | Reporter Published: September 11, 2016 12:03 AM
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Hudson -- Council in a special Aug. 30 meeting approved 5-0 to amend an agreement with Windstream Communication LLC to provide cross-connect circuits for the city's Velocity Broadband services.

City Manager Jane Howington told Council members that some businesses require a second access to the Internet and consider a single line too risky. In order for Velocity Broadband to provide the second circuit for redundancy or backup during any network outage, the city needs a second location when Cleveland slows down.

In order to provide the second line, the city would pay about $500 more than the current $2,700 per month for a total of $3,193 to Windstream Communications LLC to provide an alternate network path and maintain network services.

The additional customers could cover the entire costs, Howington said.

The best option is a circuit through Windstream, Howington said. It provides the second link and needed IP addresses.

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"The progress [for Velocity Broadband] is far beyond the first year plans," Howington said.

She said the city has a block of IP numbers but is running low, which is an international problem and not just in Hudson. Cogent provides IP addresses but only through Windstream with a purchase of 254 IP addresses in a block.

Howington said the 254 addresses would last until June 2017 depending on how quickly Velocity Broadband grows.

Mayor David Basil said the city is targeting technology firms as clients of Velocity Broadband and the service needs redundancy.

"They [customers] won't sign a contract until they have redundancy," Howington said.

The city will update Council members on Broadband Velocity in September.

Email: lfreeman@recordpub.com

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