Ruston to consider potential of providing internet services

By T. Scott Boatright

The city of Ruston will discuss the potential of becoming a residential internet provider as well as beginning the process of adding three new eating establishments to the Ruston Economic Development District No. 1, selling the Heard Building and consider continuing to rid the city of blighted houses when it hold holds its monthly meeting at 5:30 p.m. today.

Ruston’s aldermen are expected to consider contracting with Washington D.C.-based Keller and Heckman, LLP, in a professional services agreement to aid the city in taking the appropriate legal moves to prepare to ask the Louisiana Bond Commission to provide as much as $18 million in funding to help offer city residents an alternative to existing internet providers.

The fee that could be charged by Keller and Heckman, LLP, is projected to be between $50,000 and $75,000.

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