Computer speeds may soon be upgraded at the Clay County Courthouse and Justice Center.
During a special meeting of the Clay County Commissioners Tuesday, Clay County Information Services Director Scott Hill presented a contract with Avenue Broadband Communications to upgrade the Internet system at both the courthouse and justice center.
"We have had Joink since before I started here about six years ago," Hill said. "A few weeks ago, representatives from Avenue approached us with a contract proposal which would be a better deal financially for the county."
Hill added the county is currently paying approximately $140-150 a month for Internet service with Joink, Terre Haute, whereas the offer from Avenue is $89.99 per month.
"The offer from Avenue would also provide better speeds," he said. "With Joink, we have a 7MB download speed and 768KB for uploads, and Avenue is offering 10MB download and 1MB upload speeds."
When asked if Joink would match the price offered by Avenue, Hill informed the commissioners he spoke to a Joink representative who said the best they could offer was about $120 per month for the same service the county is currently using.
"The contract with Avenue would be for three years at a deal that is financially better because it would save the county a little bit of money," Hill said. "Whether the service ends up better, we will have to wait and see."
The commissioners voted to approve the contract pending legal counsel review, but they did not sign it during the meeting to allow an amended version to be drawn up to reflect the actual date the beginning of the service.
Hill said he was told it would be a couple of weeks before Avenue would be able to make the switch at the courthouse and justice center, and it would take about 12 hours, at the most, to complete.
The next regular meeting of the Clay County Commissioners will be 9 a.m., Monday, June 1, in the Commissioners' Courtroom at the Clay County Courthouse.