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City officials have had continued conversations with Sherwood Broadband to provide increased connectivity to city offices, businesses and others

The city of Newberg is in discussions to increase its broadband availability by working with a company that already services a few local businesses.

Community Development Director Doug Rux said the city has been in conversations with Sherwood Broadband of Oregon, a company that provides Internet and network connections to businesses in Sherwood and other areas in the Portland metro area.

He added that Sherwood Broadband already provides Internet services to the Allison Inn and Spa, A-dec and Inc. and Providence Newberg Medical Center.

"And so (City Manager Joe Hannan) has been having conversations with them about the possibility of providing additional services to Newberg," Rux said.

For several years the city has been in conversations with providers about increasing services to the area, Rux said, adding that the city has spoken with Sherwood Broadband for several years, as well as had conversations with Frontier, Comcast, Electric Lightwave, PGE and Online Northwest.

"The city is not looking at having its own service, but how can we enhance the service we've already got," he said.

During a recent council meeting, Hannan said the city is looking at expanding broadband for city purposes, such as at City Hall and the schools, as well as increasing broadband access for businesses.

While no deal or final plan is in place to partner with Sherwood Broadband, Rux said the city will likely continue to move forward with the idea.

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