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City of Killeen takes strides in increasing bandwidth

Posted: 9:23 PM, Jan 08, 2019
Updated: 2019-01-09 04:28:39Z
City of Killeen takes strides in increasing bandwidth

The City of Killeen is looking to recruit new internet service providers and increase bandwidth. It is a move that could be a boost for businesses and the community as a whole.

“Currently, we’re under the U.S. average in this part of the world and in Killeen, in particular, we want to raise the standard,” said John Crutchfield, of the Greater Killeen Economic Council

The city says increasing bandwidth for employers is attractive to new and existing businesses.

“You have to look at bandwidth as a commodity,” said Crutchfield. “Demand and supply, so we want to aggregate the demand and they tend to be school districts and hospitals. And we want to let the suppliers know the demand is here.”

The Killeen Economic Development Council gave an update at a city council workshop Tuesday.

“We already have one company building a large fiber network in the region. United Private Networks which we’re working for our school district. And they’re building some others in the region and as word gets out more suppliers will come about,” said Crutchfield.  

Several Central Texas communities are spearheading similar projects.

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