2013 – January

San Juan: OPALCO awaits consumer buy-in (Journal of the San Juan Islands) January 28, 2013

The future of OPALCO’s Broadband Initiative to bring high-speed Internet to the islands is in the hands of the co-op members.

OPALCO’s Board of Directors has the power to make the decision of whether or not to move forward with the initiative, but they have decided to hand over that choice to the people.

WA, MA and DE: Washington, Massachusetts, Delaware get progressive about broadband (Fierce Telecom) January 25, 2013

If you’re looking to find states that encourage the use of broadband, look no further than Washington, Massachusetts and Delaware.

Kitsap: Third annual broadband report shows high-speed access improving all over state (Kitsap Peninsula Business Journal) January 24, 2013

The work of public and private broadband providers is paying off in Washington, according to the 2012 Annual Broadband Report released Jan. 22 by the Washington State Broadband Office. During the last year, more than 500 of the state’s 629 Census-designated communities saw increased access to broadband through wireline and/or wireless providers.

Chelan: Thanks, LocalTel (Lake Wenatchee Info) January 23, 2013

I have not inquired myself of the PUD if they would be refunding charges for any services not delivered by fiber during this outage that began Dec 17th. Local Tel is our provider of the service and has unilaterally decided to refund customers for any services not received. That’s a significant gesture on their part not knowing if they will in turn be forgiven those charges by the PUD. Here is the information from Local Tel:

Mason: Cable theft threatens PUD 3 power and fiber optic network project on Harstine Island (Mason PUD) January 22, 2013

Mason County PUD 3 personnel are working with the Mason County Sheriff’s Department to investigate the theft of a portion of a special electrical and fiber optic cable that was extended Friday across the Harstine Island Bridge.

San Juan: Co-op members to decide on OPALCO broadband (Orcas Issues) January 22, 2013

After more than a year of extensive study, OPALCO has a clear plan for how to expand the co-op’s telecommunication network and deliver high-speed Internet services to 90% of San Juan County. The OPALCO Board of Directors will ask the membership to demonstrate their commitment to the service before agreeing to build the infrastructure. A findings document is now available online at http://www.opalco.com that describes the technology, business modeling, financial assumptions and service offering of the plan.

San Juan: Senior Project Manager job at OPALCO (Careers at TouchStone Energy) January 22, 2013

As Senior Project Manager for OPALCO (Orcas Power & Light Co-op), you will drive the communications and engagement strategy for a new broadband initiative that the OPALCO board is considering. The OPALCO board has made a decision to invest more than $34 million in communications and broadband infrastructure, IF the community of co-op members will embrace and support it over the longer term.

State: Broadband in Washington, 2012 Annual Report (Washington State Broadband Office) January 22, 2012

For Washington’s broadband ecosystem, 2012 was a year of building. The biggest part of the more than $185 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) grants awarded in Washington State for infrastructure was spent in 2012. Another $7 million of ARRA money was awarded in the state
for public computing centers and broadband adoption work. All told, ARRA grants funded more than 1,000 miles of fiber optic infrastructure, hundreds of new computers for classrooms, and computer centers that made possible hundreds of hours of technology instruction.

WA: High-speed internet access improving for Washington state (KNDO) January 22, 2013

Public and private broadband providers say high speed internet access is improving throughout the state.

Chelan: PUD needs five months to fix Lake Wenatchee fiber (Wenatchee World) January 21, 2013

Residents of Lake Wenatchee’s south shore will have their storm-damaged fiber-optics cable restored, but the fix could take as long as five months, Chelan County PUD officials said today.

Douglas: PUD commission meeting report (Douglas PUD) January 21, 2013

Approved amendment No. 1 to the District’s Video Transport Agreement with HDNet LLC. This amendment will extend the agreement until December 31, 2017 and acknowledge rebranding service as AXS TV. (13-010)

Chelan: PUD needs five months to fix Lake Wenatchee fiber (Wenatchee World) January 21, 2013

Residents of Lake Wenatchee’s south shore will have their storm-damaged fiber-optics cable restored, but the fix could take as long as five months, Chelan County PUD officials said today.

Chelan: Comparing PUDs (Chelan PUD) January 21, 2013

…the PUD will soon start work to update its Strategic Plan, adopted in 2010. General Manager John Janney said one of the first steps will be checking in with customer-owners to discuss the District’s positive financial changes and to confirm it remains on track with customer expectations for the utility. The goal is to finish the update by mid-2014.

Chelan: Fiber will be restored near Lake Wenatchee (Wenatchee World) January 20, 2013

Lake Wenatchee’s south-shore residents get to keep the fiber-optic network and its fast Internet, telephone and cable TV service that they’ve lobbied hard to get.

Tacoma: Still no Fisher channels for Click customers (Tacoma News Tribune) January 19, 2013

After nearly three weeks, KOMO-TV and other stations provided by Fisher Broadcasting remain unavailable to customers of Tacoma’s Click Network.

Kitsap: Wi-fi project could be start of something big (North Kitsap Herald) January 18, 2013

Councilman Ed Stern believes the Internet use should be free and open to the public. He is encouraged by a new pilot project in Poulsbo delivering free wireless Internet access.

Chelan: Wireless not best option for Lake Wenatchee; PUD will rebuild damaged fiber (Chelan PUD) January 18, 2013

After analyzing costs, considering public input and examining alternatives, Chelan County PUD has decided wireless is not the best option at this time for broadband service at Lake Wenatchee. The PUD will find the most cost-effective option for rebuilding the heavily damaged fiber-optic system serving the south shore area…

…Announcements of the community meeting Jan. 26 will be circulated throughout the community and posted with media outlets as well as being included on the PUD website. Based on public input from the meeting Jan. 26, the fiber restoration plan will be on the PUD board agenda on Feb. 4.

FCA: Rural broadband is [not] just like electricity (Fair Competition Alliance) January 18, 2013

“Rural broadband just like electricity – You have to have it, officials say”, but as we blogged here last month, this oft-accepted myth is not true and has expensive consequences for local governments and their leaders.  

Chelan: Lake Wenatchee’s sourth shore worries of life without PUD fiber (Wenatchee World) January 17, 2013

Mother Nature has obliterated a fiber-optic cable that supplied enviably fast Internet, telephone and cable TV service to this forest lake’s south shore, leaving homeowners with no comparable alternatives.

Seattle: City seeking volunteers for technology advisory board (City of Seattle) January 13, 2013

The City of Seattle is looking for enthusiastic volunteers to join the Citizens’ Telecommunications and Technology Advisory Board (CTTAB). The ten-member Board and its committees help guide city strategies and investments in technology and telecommunications. Applications are being accepted through January 18th, 2013. The issues addressed by CTTAB include broadband deployment and adoption, mobile and web based services for Seattle.gov, social media, open data, online public engagement, the Seattle Channel, cable tv franchise agreements, Technology Matching Fund grants and efforts to close the digital divide.

Chelan: PUD ends year $78 million in black (Wenatchee World) February 5, 2013

The Chelan County PUD spent less than expected last year and earned more for a bottom-line of nearly $78 million – about $5 million more than budgeted, commissioners learned Monday.

Chelan: PUD to restore fiber after storm damage (Community Broadband Networks) February 5, 2013

… The decision to restore service was made based on what is best for the community, not because it served the short term interest of shareholders.

Like other local community owned networks across the country, Chelan customers’ have the advantage of receiving service from an agency that is accountable to the people it serves.

San Juan: The OPALCO broadband proposal-before I vote (San Juan Islander) February, 2013

Here in the Islands, we have a wonderful electric utility co-operative that has served our needs for a long time. At the moment the co-operative members are being asked to expand our co-operative into the area of telecommunications.

Through several means and over time, we have been told of the progress OPALCO is making toward achieving their Broadband Proposal. According to a recent article in the San Juan Journal, OPALCO members will soon be asked to vote the Proposal up or down. Absent from the news and reports are many details. In the interest of gaining a fuller understanding, I ask the following questions.

Tacoma: Click cable network reaches accord with Fisher Broadcasting (The News Tribune) February 1, 2013

Tacoma’s Click Network announced Friday it has reached a settlement with Fischer Broadcasting, which means customers of the cable provider once again will  be able to watch KOMO-TV and other Fisher channels.

Chelan: PUD weighs lifting moratorium on new fiber hookups (Wenatchee World) January 30, 2013

The Chelan County PUD may be close to lifting a moratorium on the 600 new fiber-optics hookups it has budgeted this year for areas of the county that already have fiber access.

San Juan: Dawn of a new era (Islands’ Sounder) January 30, 2013

OPALCO’s Board of Directors has the power to make the decision of whether or not to move forward with the initiative, but they have decided to hand over that choice to the people.

Grant: Grant PUD 2013 wages and salaries (Greg’s View) January 29, 2013

As of January 10th, 2013, Grant PUD had a total of 718 full and part-time employees. Listing includes job titles, hourly rate, and annual salary by position. For example,

Accountant II $ 25.49 $ 53,019.20
Accounting Assistant $ 23.71 $ 49,316.80

Washington, Massachusetts, Delaware get progressive about broadband (Fierce Telecom) January 25, 2013

If you’re looking to find states that encourage the use of broadband, look no further than Washington, Massachusetts and Delaware.

Chelan: Thanks, LocalTel (Lake Wenatchee Info) January 23, 2013

I have not inquired myself of the PUD if they would be refunding charges for any services not delivered by fiber during this outage that began Dec 17th. Local Tel is our provider of the service and has unilaterally decided to refund customers for any services not received. That’s a significant gesture on their part not knowing if they will in turn be forgiven those charges by the PUD. Here is the information from Local Tel:

San Juan: OPALCO awaits consumer buy-in (Journal of the San Juan Islands) January 28, 2013

The future of OPALCO’s Broadband Initiative to bring high-speed Internet to the islands is in the hands of the co-op members.

OPALCO’s Board of Directors has the power to make the decision of whether or not to move forward with the initiative, but they have decided to hand over that choice to the people.

High-speed internet access improving for Washington state (KNDO) January 22, 2013

Public and private broadband providers say high speed internet access is improving throughout the state.

Kitsap: Third annual broadband report shows high-speed access improving all over state (Kitsap Peninsula Business Journal) January 24, 2013

The work of public and private broadband providers is paying off in Washington, according to the 2012 Annual Broadband Report released Jan. 22 by the Washington State Broadband Office. During the last year, more than 500 of the state’s 629 Census-designated communities saw increased access to broadband through wireline and/or wireless providers.

Mason: Cable theft threatens PUD 3 power and fiber optic network project on Harstine Island (January 22, 2013) Mason PUD

Mason County PUD 3 personnel are working with the Mason County Sheriff’s Department to investigate the theft of a portion of a special electrical and fiber optic cable that was extended Friday across the Harstine Island Bridge.

San Juan: Co-op members to decide on OPALCO broadband (Orcas Issues) January 22, 2013

After more than a year of extensive study, OPALCO has a clear plan for how to expand the co-op’s telecommunication network and deliver high-speed Internet services to 90% of San Juan County. The OPALCO Board of Directors will ask the membership to demonstrate their commitment to the service before agreeing to build the infrastructure. A findings document is now available online at http://www.opalco.com that describes the technology, business modeling, financial assumptions and service offering of the plan.

San Juan: Senior Project Manager job at OPALCO (Careers at TouchStone Energy) January 22, 2013

As Senior Project Manager for OPALCO (Orcas Power & Light Co-op), you will drive the communications and engagement strategy for a new broadband initiative that the OPALCO board is considering.  The OPALCO board has made a decision to invest more than $34 million in communications and broadband infrastructure, IF the community of co-op members will embrace and support it over the longer term.

Broadband in Washington, 2012 Annual Report (Washington State Broadband Office) January 22, 2013

For Washington’s broadband ecosystem, 2012 was a year of building. The biggest part of the more than $185 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) grants awarded in Washington State for infrastructure was spent in 2012. Another $7 million of ARRA money was awarded in the state

for public computing centers and broadband adoption work. All told, ARRA grants funded more than 1,000 miles of fiber optic infrastructure, hundreds of new computers for classrooms, and computer centers that made possible hundreds of hours of technology instruction.

Chelan: PUD needs five months to fix Lake Wenatchee fiber (Wenatchee World) January 21, 2013

Residents of Lake Wenatchee’s south shore will have their storm-damaged fiber-optics cable restored, but the fix could take as long as five months, Chelan County PUD officials said today.

Douglas: PUD commission meeting report (Douglas PUD) January 21, 2013

Approved amendment No. 1 to the District’s Video Transport Agreement with HDNet LLC. This amendment will extend the agreement until December 31, 2017 and acknowledge rebranding service as AXS TV. (13-010)

Chelan: PUD needs five months to fix Lake Wenatchee fiber (Wenatchee World) January 21, 2013

Residents of Lake Wenatchee’s south shore will have their storm-damaged fiber-optics cable restored, but the fix could take as long as five months, Chelan County PUD officials said today.

Chelan: Comparing PUDs (Chelan PUD) January 21, 2013

…the PUD will soon start work to update its Strategic Plan, adopted in 2010. General Manager John Janney said one of the first steps will be checking in with customer-owners to discuss the District’s positive financial changes and to confirm it remains on track with customer expectations for the utility. The goal is to finish the update by mid-2014.

Chelan County: Fiber will be restored near Lake Wenatchee (Wenatchee World) January 20, 2013

Lake Wenatchee’s south-shore residents get to keep the fiber-optic network and its fast Internet, telephone and cable TV service that they’ve lobbied hard to get.

Tacoma: Still no Fisher channels for Click customers (The Biz Buzz) January 19, 2013

After nearly three weeks, KOMO-TV and other stations provided by Fisher Broadcasting remain unavailable to customers of Tacoma’s Click Network.

Kitsap County: Wi-fi project could be start of something big (North Kitsap Herald) January 18, 2013

Councilman Ed Stern believes the Internet use should be free and open to the public.

He is encouraged by a new pilot project in Poulsbo delivering free wireless Internet access.

Chelan County: Wireless not best option for Lake Wenatchee; PUD will rebuild damaged fiber (Chelan PUD) January 18, 2013

After analyzing costs, considering public input and examining alternatives, Chelan County PUD has decided wireless is not the best option at this time for broadband service at Lake Wenatchee. The PUD will find the most cost-effective option for rebuilding the heavily damaged fiber-optic system serving the southshore area…

…Announcements of the community meeting Jan. 26 will be circulated throughout the community and posted with media outlets as well as being included on the PUD website. Based on public input from the meeting Jan. 26, the fiber restoration plan will be on the PUD board agenda on Feb. 4.

FCA: Rural broadband is [not] just like electricity (Fair Competition Alliance) January 18, 2013

“Rural broadband just like electricity – You have to have it, officials say”, but as we blogged here last month, this oft-accepted myth is not true and has expensive consequences for local governments and their leaders.

 Chelan County: Lake Wenatchee’s sourth shore worries of life without PUD fiber (Wenatchee World) January 17, 2013

 Mother Nature has obliterated a fiber-optic cable that supplied enviably fast Internet, telephone and cable TV service to this forest lake’s south shore, leaving homeowners with no comparable alternatives.

Seattle: City seeking volunteers for technology advisory board (City of Seattle) January 13, 2013

The City of Seattle is looking for enthusiastic volunteers to join the Citizens’ Telecommunications and Technology Advisory Board (CTTAB). The ten-member Board and its committees help guide city strategies and investments in technology and telecommunications. Applications are being accepted through January 18th, 2013. The issues addressed by CTTAB include broadband deployment and adoption, mobile and web based services for Seattle.gov, social media, open data, online public engagement, the Seattle Channel, cable tv franchise agreements, Technology Matching Fund grants and efforts to close the digital divide.

Grant County: Extension cord fire stops Royal Slope fiber service (Columbia Basin Herald) January 16, 2013

Grant County PUD fiber communications service to much of the Royal Slope was interrupted by a fire on Dec. 31 that started in an extension cord or the freezer it was powering.

Jefferson County: Help rural Jefferson County get reliable high speed Internet (The Petition Site) January 11, 2013

People in rural East Jefferson County need reliable high speed internet services for the business, educational, and personal activities.  Rural areas have a right to the same level of internet service as urban areas.

Chelan: PUD invites outage-plagued Lake Wenatchee-area residents to chat Friday (Wenatchee World) January 10, 2013

Chelan County PUD staffers will be at the 59er Diner at Coles Corner Friday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. to answer questions and talk about ongoing electric and fiber-system fixes in the outage-plagued Lake Wenatchee area.

San Juan Islands: OPALCO democratic principles tested by broadband initiative (Journal of the San Juan Islands – Guest Column) January 10, 2013

For OPALCO to preserve its foundational cooperative principles, the venture into a newconsumer broadband business requires the approval of at least two-thirds of its members.

Tacoma: Attitudes soften for continued negotiations between Click and Fisher; meanwhile Fisher may be for sale  (Biz Buzz, The News Tribune) January 10, 2013

The plot – the one with TV stations from Fisher Communications no longer being broadcast on Tacoma’s Click Network – thickens like a Fisher flour roux.

The contract between Click and Fisher expired Jan. 1, and Click pulled all Fisher broadcasting, including KOMO TV, from the air. Negotiations between the Seattle broadcaster and the Tacoma municipal cable network failed, settling into an impasse.

Tacoma: Click vs. KOMO: I do don’t care anymore (Inside Opinion, The News Tribune) January 8, 2013

We’re now more than a week into the stalemate between Tacoma’s Click Network and Fisher Broadcasting, owner of KOMO (the ABC affiliate airing on Channel 4 locally).

Chelan: PUD may not replace some storm-damaged fiber at Lake Wenatchee (Wenatchee World) January 7, 2013

The Chelan County PUD may turn to a slower but far less expensive wireless Internet technology to replace the five miles of fiber-optic cable that have been irreparably damaged in recent weeks under snow-laden falling trees along Lake Wenatchee’s south shore.

Civilla named to Kitsap PUD post (Kitsap Sun) January 2, 2013

Jim Civilla, an owner of Westbay Auto Parts who has been active in the South Kitsap community, has been appointed commissioner for Kitsap Public Utility District.

Click – No progress in talks with KOMO (The News Tribune) January 2, 2013

Click Network subscribers will be without KOMO and five other Fisher Broadcasting stations for at least a little while longer.

Pacific PUD Invitation for Bids (Chinook Observer) January 2, 2013

SEALED BIDS … will be received …by Tuesday, January 15, 2013 from bidders designated by Public Utility District No. 2 of Pacific County as pre-qualified for installation of fiber optic cable and underground primary cable for the District for the calendar year 2013 and publicly opened …

Fiber expands in Moses Lake (Columbia Basin Herald (January 1, 2013)

While standing in their front lawn, Rick and Pat Darling were watching a crew dig holes for underground fiber cable. The Moses Lake couple…

Downtown business owners push for faster broadband in Poulsbo (Kitsap Sun) January 1, 2013

A few business owners are expanding a fiber-optic broadband pilot program in downtown Poulsbo by offering antenna hookup space in exchange for free, high-speed Internet for their customers.



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