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.
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.
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