2011

PUD to lend fiber network $16 million (Wenatchee World) December 8, 2011

Adding customers every month but still strapped for cash, the Chelan County PUD’s fiber network will receive a $16 million injection of utility reserves, if commissioners approve a funding plan later this month. Commissioners learned Monday that half the $16 million would replace external debt already linked to the fiber system with an “internal” loan – money the utility would lend from its reserves.

High-speed Internet tapped for Peninsula by August 2013 (Peninsula News Daily) December 5, 2011

The nonprofit corporation tasked with bringing high-speed Internet access to the most rural reaches of the North Olympic Peninsula should get the job done by August 2013.

2012 PUD Budget (Greg’s Views Blogs) December 1, 2011

With the up coming 2012 PUD budget some observations of the PUD should be made. Grant County is very fortunate for the foresight that a handful of people had back in the 1950’s that formed and created the PUD we …

Fiber Strategic Plan Process and Timeline is on agenda for Chelan PUD 11-21-11 meeting (Chelan PUD)

Editorial: PUDs shouldn’t sell broadband (Wenatchee World) November 16, 2011

Officials of local broadband companies are correct when they say that if the public utilities are allowed to compete with them to sell services to customers, the local businesses will be at a significant disadvantage.

Seattle, UW bringing high-speed Internet to UW neighborhoods (Puget Sound Business Journal) November 14, 2011

Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn announced details of the Gig.U partnership with the University of Washington to bring faster internet connections to South Lake Union at a press conference today.

Seattle’s Revamped Broadband Plan Falls Short (Seattle Times) November 13, 2011

Seven years after it began pursuing a city broadband network, Seattle’s trying again. Sort of. Mayor Mike McGinn and other dignitaries will announce a new, smaller effort Monday morning in South Lake Union. The plan is to offer city infrastructure to lure phone or cable companies willing to build ultrafast broadband in one or two neighborhoods.

Push for PUD Internet sales trouble local companies (Wenatchee World) November 12, 2011

Two federal stimulus grants worth about $139 million are a big motive behind the latest effort to urge state lawmakers to rewrite the rules so PUDs can sell broadband services directly to the public.

Broadband Update (Grant PUD) November 11, 2011
We hit a record high for 2011 in November with 100 new gateway installations including 29 during Thanksgiving week alone. The very busy fiber crew also connected 21 new customers to the network who already had existing gateway boxes on …

Fiber Installers (Grant PUD) November 1, 2011

During the week of 10/24-10/30 our fiber crew installed 22 new gateways and made a total of 44 new connections to our fiber-optic network. We’ve been seeing an increase in demand for high-speed internet connections in Grant County recently.

Chelan PUD fiber plan delayed until April (Wenatchee World) October 25, 2011

The Chelan County PUD will pay more than $160,000 to three consulting firms to help it decide if it can expand its fiber-optic network to rest of the county without further breaking the bank.

Click! Network hires new general manager (Tacoma Daily Index) October 14, 2011

Tacoma Power announced Friday it has hired Tenzin Gyaltsen to serve as Click! Network’s general manager.

We have the fiber they all want (Guest Opinion: Wenatchee World) September 15, 2011

The Chelan PUD Fiber Project recently surpassed 10,000 residential and 1,000 business customers. It is currently growing at a rate of over 100 new customers per month.

Digital, economic divide (Editorial: Port Townsend Leader) August 31, 2011

Efforts to bring broadband to Jefferson County are moving along, thanks to a $3.2 million federal grant awarded via a collaborative effort between NoaNet, Team Jefferson, JeffCom 911, the Jefferson County Broadband Coalition and the Jefferson County PUD.

Fiber-optic cable project will bring high-speed Internet to rural areas (TMCnet.com) August 27, 2011

Contractors recently began laying 170 miles of fiber-optic cable across Whitman County, as part of a $14 million network that will bring high-speed Internet access to rural communities throughout the region.

Bringing broadband to a rural library (From Our Corner-WA Secretary of State Blog) August 3, 2011

One of the unsung services provided by our Washington State Library is its assistance to local libraries, especially in rural communities.

The most recent example is the new high-speed broadband Internet connection at the Deming Library, east of Bellingham.

Pioneer Square Broadband Initiative (Bill Shier and Erin Devoto for Seattle Chamber of Commerce) July 19, 2011

Overhead presentation.

Douglas PUD to chip in for fiber connections (Wenatchee World) July 14, 2011

The Douglas County PUD is using surplus revenues from its debt-free fiber-optics network to lower hookup costs for some county residents.

Network to nowhere (Boulder Weekly) July 7, 2011

In the November 2009 election, Longmont voters were asked to allow the city to begin offering telecommunication services using a fiber-optic network the city installed in 1997. About 90 of the 144 fibers in the 17-mile network are “dark,” or unused. The city does use parts of the network for municipal communications, and it does lease out some fibers to firms with the technical wherewithall to link into them.

Washington State breaks ground on its NoaNet middle mile expansion project (Fierce Telecom) June 30, 2011

Washington State is moving ahead with the expansion of its Northwest Open Access Network (NoaNet) middle mile network.

Set on delivering services to communities that don’t currently have broadband access, NoaNet was made possible through $140 in two federal American Reinvestment and Recovery Act grants.

Fiber optics: This is different (Wenatchee World) June 11, 2011

It is tempting to compare today’s push for rural broadband to the rural electrification movement that brought electricity to many homes and businesses in Chelan County in the 1940s and ’50s.

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