MADRAS, OR -- The Madras City Council wants residents to have access to high speed internet. And, now that two providers have merged, it's beginning to look more like a real possibility.
Bend Broadband used to only serve a limited number of Jefferson County clients. But, Public Works Director Jeff Hurd says after the company merged with Crestview Cable
, it assured the city it intends to meet Madras' internet needs for the long haul, "Bend Broadband has told us, 'yes, we are here to stay. We're planning to increase Internet speeds within the city of Madras to residential customers, over the next few years'." Hurd tells KBND News, "Their plan is to upgrade speeds, and so we're going to see how that goes. If they do it, great; they've responded. And if not, we'll reassess it in a few years and go, 'okay, are we getting what everybody was asking for?' If so, great; and if not, maybe we need to look at it again."
Hurd says the city's goal is to eventually see speeds increase to up to one gigabyte per second. Madras City Councilors will discuss the issue at Tuesday's Council meeting, starting at 7 p.m., at Madras City Hall.