Category Archives: NoaNet

Tri-City debates public broadband

The Tri-City Herald weighed in August 3 with its take on government-owned broadband saying high-speed internet access is essential for rural residents (Editorials: Tri-CityHerald) and constructing a straw-man of urban-dwellers who take their broadband speeds for granted. And, public utility district (PUD) commissioners … Continue reading

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Ratepayers foot the bill for PUDs’ broadband | Letters to the Editor | Tri-CityHerald.com

FCA responds to recent celebrations of NoaNet rural broadband in south Central Washington in this opinion-editorial – Taxpayers foot the bill for PUDs’ broadband, Tri-CityHerald.com. Answering the question of who’s footing the bill, we alert PUD electric ratepayers to how and … Continue reading

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Nothing much for PUD electric ratepayers to celebrate

There won’t be much to celebrate in the Tri-Cities when electric ratepayers of the area’s two PUDs discover how much they’re paying for PUD and NoaNet broadband. The Tri-City Herald reports that Governor Gregoire, local PUDs, NoaNet are celebrating the … Continue reading

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Farewell, NoaNet

Farewell, NoaNet | The Wenatchee World. It still may work, but NoaNet may no longer be worth the risk. The agency is taking on debt in a new venture to extend fiber connections to rural areas and cellphone towers, matching … Continue reading

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Chelan PUD withdraws from NoaNet, follows Douglas PUD

Following a earlier decision by Douglas PUD to withdraw from NoaNet, Chelan PUD’s board voted July 2 to opt out of the PUD broadband consortium. Read the Wenatchee World article here. Chelan and Douglas and other Washington public utility districts have been covering … Continue reading

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Grant PUD considers withdrawing from NoaNet

Grant PUD commissioners Tuesday discussed a recommendation from Communications Network Manager Warren Miller to consider withdrawing from NoaNet. In his recommendation memo Miller warned: A retail telecommunications business model for NoaNet creates little value but great risk for Grant County … Continue reading

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NoaNet rural broadband seminar cancelled

NoaNet has cancelled tomorrow’s rural broadband seminar originally scheduled for Tuesday, June 12 in Olympia. They intend to schedule a replacement webinar at some point in the future. I’ll let you know when I know more.

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