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Broadband internet to be expanded across Belmont County

Agile Networks, a provider of hybrid fiber wireless broadband data networks, will utilize the county's water towers, grain silos, communication towers, and any other vertical assets to increase availability of high-speed internet services to the residents and businesses within the county.

Residents in rural-lying areas of Belmont County are about to get caught up to speed with broadband internet access.

County commissioners announced Wednesday morning they've reached an agreement with Agile Networks to expand broadband internet access across the county.

Agile Networks, a provider of hybrid fiber wireless broadband data networks, will utilize the county's water towers, grain silos, communication towers, and any other vertical assets to increase availability of high-speed internet services to the residents and businesses within the county.

"This piece of infrastructure is just as important as roads, bridges, water and sewer," Belmont County Commissioner Mark Thomas said.

Kyle Quillen, founder and CEO of Agile Networks, put together a proposal to leverage infrastructure assets to increase broadband.

"We reached out to the county from a broadband perspective and said, ‘we think we can help," he said.

Agile will now develop its design and construction plans during the next 60 days, and will publicize its formal rollout schedule, including initial coverage maps depicting areas where services will be available, by the end of year.

"We have a preconceived notion from a broadband mapping perspective where the coverage gaps are, where the issues are, but we would ask the public to send us an email at belmont@agilenetworks.com that will go directly to into our acquisition team and we'll identify where those 'need areas' are," Quillen said.

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