KEYSER - With what they said was nothing to show for a deal between a former administration and a high-speed internet provider, the Keyser City Council voted this week to give NexGen the boot from City Hall.

By Liz Beavers
lbeavers@newstribune.info
Tribune Managing Editor
KEYSER - With what they said was nothing to show for a deal between a former administration and a high-speed internet provider, the Keyser City Council voted this week to give NexGen the boot from City Hall.
The previous council, under then-mayor Ed Miller and then-city administrator Randy Amtower, contracted with Kevin Manovich of NexGen three years ago to provide high-speed fiber internet to the city in exchange for space on the second floor of City Hall.
According to the agreement, in return for office space for NexGen, as well as permission for the company to set up antennas on the city’s two water towers, the City of Keyser would receive free internet service for all its buildings.
Amtower said at the time that NexGen assumed all responsibility for operation of the service, and not only would there be “zero cost” to the City of Keyser, but Keyser, as a partner in the service, will also receive 10 percent of the net profit from the network.
Wednesday, mayor Damon Tillman said Manovich had not kept up his end of the bargain.
“He promised the City of Keyser to have fiber by July of this year,” he said. “But long story short, he’s just used us for storage space upstairs.”
Tillman told the council he would like for them “to make a motion to have an attorney send him a letter to give him 30 days” to get his property out of City Hall.
“We’re putting him out,” he said.
Council member Jennifer Junkins, who was on the council at the time the contract was signed, noted that Manovich was “even going around telling residents to sign up if they were interested in the service.”
City administrator Amanda Brafford did tell the officials that she had received an email from Manovich saying “it wouldn’t be long” until the service was up and running, but “it’s been months” since she’s heard any more.
“Well he’s not holding up his end of the bargain,” Junkins said as she made the motion to send a letter to him.
Eric Murphy seconded the motion, which passed unanimously.