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Murphysboro leaders approve using water towers for local internet provider

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MURPHYSBORO -- Murphysboro is allowing a local internet service provider to use the city's water towers to offer residents internet service. Tuesday, city council members voted 9 to 1 in favor of the decision during their regular meeting.

This has been a discussion the city council has not been able to agree on over the past two years.

Mayor Will Stephens says he’s supported the idea from the beginning. Soon, BLIP Network of Murphysboro will install cables on three of the city's water towers, to improve service.

“It’s the right thing to do for the community and I think it’s just a good public private partnership,” says Stephens.

Stephens believes BLIP Network will provide a more affordable option for internet service.

“We had a lot of community support for it both from all age ranges, all economic spectrums,” says Stephens.

He says some council members questioned liability because of the dangers of a third party climbing the water towers. 

“We were able to strike a deal that protects the city from any sort of liability, and also they are going to be paying the city rent. I think they’re going to start out paying $500 a month to have their equipment on the towers.”

Stephens says BLIP will install cables on the east, center and west parts of town.

BLIP administrators told News 3 they plan to go live in about eight weeks.  

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