It’s been almost four years since a Lenoir County town and a wireless internet company met to discuss the placement of Wi-Fi transmitters on top of a water tower.  

The meeting was unsuccessful for the Town of Pink Hill and Eastern Carolina Broadband (ECB) in June of 2017, but that was almost three years before a pandemic would sweep across the world, leaving some rural communities in North Carolina without reliable internet for students learning and employees working from home. 

According to a Duplin Times article, the two parties met on June 14, 2017 to discuss a lease agreement for the water tower, and minutes from a May meeting revealed Pink Hill Mayor Carol Sykes referred to ECB’s rent proposal of $1,250 annually as “a joke.” Sykes was quoted in the meeting minutes saying, “I was thinking more like $10,000 a year at least.” The Pink Hill board did not approve ECB’s rent proposal. 

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