The Grays Harbor PUD will look at expanding broadband fiber in East County.
This month, the Washington State Public Works Board awarded $450,000 in grants for broadband planning-feasibility study projects to nine communities across the state.
This includes a $50,000 grant to the Grays Harbor PUD for a feasibility study of expanding the PUD fiber network in East Grays Harbor from Elma to the Chehalis Tribal Center.
In all, the Grays Harbor study will look into a project to extend the fiber network from Sund Road in South Elma to the Cedarville substation and the surrounding area, including Porter, the City of Oakville and the Chehalis Tribal Center.
When built, the system is said to benefit emergency responders, cities, schools and residents by bringing improved broadband services to the area.
In a statement from the Public Works Board, board chair Scott Hutsell said, “This is another step toward accomplishing the governor’s vision of all Washington residents being served with quality broadband access. In our modern society, access to broadband internet is a vital resource that touches all aspects of life from personal health and safety to education and economic welfare.”
The board reported receiving applications requesting $775,000 for 16 different projects.
In all, nine applicants were selected to receive a total of $450,000 for broadband planning-feasibility studies.
The Shoalwater Bay Tribe had a $50,000 request for a project that was not selected.
The board says they approved all projects that scored above the minimum rating threshold.
The awarded projects are as follows.
|Jefferson County PUD
|Phase 2 – Business Plan Development
|Port of Ilwaco
|Pacific County Broadband Feasibility Planning
|Town of Skykomish
|Broadband Feasibility Planning Study
|Grays Harbor PUD
|Pend Oreille County PUD
|North Pend Oreille County Feasibility Study
|Port of Ridgefield
|Port of Ridgefield
|Ellensburg Business Development Authority
|Centerfuse Broadband Expansion
|Northwest Open Access Network
|Grandview Broadband Feasibility Study
|Port of Skagit
|Sauk-Suiattle Tribe Dark Fiber Optic Needs Assessment and Feasibility
Visit the Public Works Board webpage for more information on the board and its programs.