OSCEOLA COUNTY — County-owned buildings in Osceola County will have increased capability and network bandwidth with the installation of a broadband connection.

County Commission passed a 5-year agreement with Merit Network Service at Tuesday’s meeting to be instated by December 2013.

A connection base will be established in courthouse, and delivered to other county buildings wirelessly.

“This is a very robust connection, and there is a multitude of different things that we will be able to do over that connection, that we wouldn’t have been able to be do over the isp we have now,” Osceola County technology coordinator Jon Thomas Burgess said.

Current troubles with low e-mail attachment capacity will not be a problem with the Merit Network, said Commission Coordinator Sue VanderPol.

The county currently has contracts with AT&T and Charter, and depending on the plan chosen by the commission, the monthly payment for internet connection to county buildings will increase by at least $115.

  • In other news, the board approved a grant application for $58,000 to upgrade bathrooms in Rose Lake Parks, with a $19,000 match by the board.
  • The commission also approved the instatement of an irregular part-time detective in the Sheriff’s Department, under the direction of Undersheriff Justin Halladay. The position will be paid for from department funds.
  • The commission also voted to increase office space of technology coordinator Burgess by moving the office of economic developer Dan Massey, and reimbursed commissioner Larry Emig for attending a National Association of Counties Conference.