Closing the digital divide
We’re partnering with public organizations across the Northwest to bring broadband fiber internet to new areas as quickly as possible.
We’ve successfully collaborated with numerous organizations using a variety of funding sources.
We do building permits, grant processes & fiber construction – while serving tens of thousands of Northwest customers.
We live, work & play here, so we have first-hand knowledge of the area's unique challenges and opportunities.
No one is better prepared to help bring broadband to rural communities across the Northwest than we are. Because we own and operate state-of-the-art middle-mile infrastructure, cities and towns leveraging public funds can forego these construction costs. This allows us to focus our construction efforts within each city or town, connecting more locations faster, more efficiently and more economically than otherwise possible.
We helped the cities of Potlatch, Orofino, Wardner and Weippe expand fiber infrastructure to more than 2,400 locations in less than four months using funds from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act.
“The fiber-to-the-home project has opened a world of possibilities for each newly connected home and business,” said Clearwater County Economic Development Director Chris St. Germaine.
Using CERB funds, we helped the Port of Whitman County expand fiber infrastructure to five new communities. The agreement allows the port to save nearly $1.5 million towards their fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) network, which can be redirected to other areas.
Working with the Port of Skagit, we’re connecting more than 1,200 homes and businesses to fiber infrastructure leveraging funds from the Washington State Community Economic Revitalization Board (CERB).
“This project will advance the construction of fiber optic infrastructure in eastern Skagit County by 10 years or more and save public funds by using existing infrastructure in a collaborative business model,” said Port Commissioner Bill Shuler.
Partnering with Marion County, we leveraged CARES Act funding to connect all 477 homes and businesses in Detroit and Idanha to fiber infrastructure. Marion County’s Economic Development department estimates the area’s economic benefit at $861,650 annually.
We’re dedicated to ensuring that businesses and communities stay connected when it matters most. That’s why we’ve invested millions of dollars to maintain the resources and network needed to restore power, phones and internet as quickly as possible in an emergency.
A competitive marketplace is a healthy marketplace where consumers enjoy better service and pricing. As the incumbent local exchange carrier (LEC), we take service to our communities seriously. That’s why we’re building a sophisticated, state-of-the-art and accessible fiber network used by hundreds of other communications companies to deliver services.
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