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October 6, 2012

Essex County needs more Internet power

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The county also has Internet service from Charter Cable and Verizon.

“ I absolutely insist that we have to have more than one vendor,” Palmer said. “The reason you have to have split service is because if one goes down you have to switch over to the other in order to keep the county whole. You never can put all your Internet services into one basket because the county will be down for sure.”

GROWING NEED

Departments like Mental Health, Emergency Services, the Enhanced-911 center, Sheriff’s Department and others are heavy users of Internet service, officials said.

“Every department uses more and more bandwidth,” Palmer said. “When we are talking about maps and talking about all these additional services that we are providing, what drives that is bandwidth.”

County Real Property Tax Services is about to start charging for enhanced data services that will include the ability to download printable tax maps. For $40 a month or $360 a year, subscribers can print tax maps and view property sales in the county. The property sales data will be updated weekly.

The maps and basic information will still be viewable for free.

The County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved all the requests.

Email Lohr McKinstry: lmckinstry@pressrepublican.com

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