Tahlequah Daily Press

January 14, 2013

TPWA tables Internet proposal until February

By ROB W. ANDERSON
Staff Writer

TAHLEQUAH — In following the recommendation of Tahlequah Public Works Authority General Manager Mike Doublehead, members of the TPWA board elected to table an agenda item that will help bring broadband Internet service to Tahlequah and the surrounding area.

Representatives of a national Internet corporation known as Eezinet, including Oklahoma Project LLC President Akram Ansari and Business Development Director Brad James, were on hand to present a formal request for a pole attachment with TPWA to begin early development phases.

Doublehead suggested the agenda item be tabled until the regular February board meeting, allowing time to clarify  details of the project and draft a contractual agreement with the business.

“I’m assuming that will take place over the next 30 days,” said Doublehead.

The Eezinet Corporation, founded in 1999, was developed to help communities members who may not be computer literate and do not own or have access to the Internet. When established locally, Eezinet intends to offer wireless Internet access in the approximate price ranges of $9.95 to $19.95, with some customers qualifying for lower rates under low-income or senior citizen criteria, said Ansari.

“There’s no reason that everybody shouldn’t have access,” he said.

To learn more about the Eezinet Corporation and the Oklahoma Project, go to www.eezinet.com, or call (918) 458-0554.

In unrelated matters, board members approved the purchase of a 2013 crew cab service truck with utility bed from Bob Howard Dodge in Oklahoma City for $40,170, which was the lowest bid, said Doublehead. He was also given authorization to begin negotiations process with individual owners of the two pieces of property near Choctaw Street.

“That process will begin next week,” he said.

Other action included approving amendments made to the TPWA policy and personnel manual affecting pay-period schedule changes employee cell phone use and employee leave allowances.