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Lee wireless service going away; bill remains

April 18, 2007

Lee County - - Wireless Internet service is going away in Lee County, and taxpayers are left $300,000 in debt.

In July, wireless Internet company Camvera began work on a cell tower behind Oxford Construction to offer Internet service for new Lee County customers.

The Lee County Board of commissioners approved a lease agreement of $375,000  for Camvera to offer services there.

Under that agreement, the county would pay Camvera $75,000 a year over the period of five years.

Lee County Administrator Alan Ours says the company has notified him that it is having financial problems and will no longer be able to offer its Internet service.

Former Commissioner Billy Mathis was the only commissioner who voted against bringing Camvera on board.

"This deal was doomed from the beginning. We had never, as far as I know, the county had never put tax payers' money into a private business and that's exactly what happened here. That's the main reason I didn't vote for it," Mathis says.

Commissioner Wally Roberts voted in favor of the plan.

"Maybe they put on a good show and it didn't work out," Roberts says.

Lee County is now out of hundreds of thousands of dollars that taxpayers will have to foot the bill for.

We could not reach anyone at Camvera for comment.

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