Commissioners discuss communications services


EATON — The Preble County Commissioners met with Charter Communications representatives on Monday, May 15, to discuss extending fiber to various county owned locations, including Junction Village, and discussed services provided by the company.

According to representative Natasha Hansen, Charter has thoroughly evaluated the county’s current phone service plans at the courthouse, and is confident they can provide more modern, less problematic services to the county.

The representatives asserted Charter’s services are all inclusive, with such features as hand-set phones, apps which can be added to personal mobile phones connected to hand-set phones, communications portals, collaboration tools and access through PCs and laptops to instant messaging. The services also rely on a Cloud as opposed to regular analog connection, making the server private.

Also discussed were existing fiber connections at Junction Village, which is currently undergoing repairs and updating. Charter assured the board they can provide extra fiber connections to the location if necessary.

The commissioners are still considering services from other providers and are currently assessing various county department needs regarding phone service, fiber connections and other communications requirements.

In other business:

• The board approved the hire of Bradley Moore to the Preble County Coroner’s Office.

• The board noted and approved an executed agreement subsidy between the ORDC and Norfolk Southern Railway.

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