Purcell City Manager Dale Bunn and city attorney Ted Haxel signed a contract last week with OEC Fiber allowing the company to offer online services inside the city limits.
Bunn said Tuesday it isn’t known when OEC Fiber will start work in the city, adding “we feel it will be months.”
Calls to David Goodspeed, OEC Fiber president and IT vice president for the electric cooperative, weren’t returned.
Citing displeasure with current internet providers in Purcell, residents had asked the city council on September 8 to enter into an agreement with OEC Fiber.
At a special council meeting September 15, Haxel pointed out the city will receive no money for allowing OEC Fiber internet inside the city limits.
The contract provides five percent from video services, which Haxel said, may or may not be offered in the future.
In addition, OEC turned down a stipulation in the contract stating OEC doesn’t have the right to extend electrical service into Purcell beyond existing customers.
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