Jefferson County PUD seeks to extend world-wide-web

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PORT TOWNSEND — The Jefferson County General public Utility District is pursuing a $12.4 million grant that would fund set up of fiber optic world-wide-web in Quilcene to Discovery Bay and surrounding places.

As aspect of the grant application, the General public Utility District (PUD) is asking residents inside the project area to fill out an survey. It is on the net at and is being mailed out as a paper study to buyers with prepaid return postage.

The study is owing Aug. 13, the PUD explained in a press release.

The full undertaking would build far more than
160 miles of optical fiber to join far more than 1,600 homes and organizations in Quilcene, Discovery Bay, Gardiner and part of Chimacum, the PUD said.

The challenge was submitted to the state Broadband Office environment requesting partnership and matching resources, and, if recognized, it will be bundled inside of a statewide application to the Countrywide Telecommunications and Data Administration Broadband Infrastructure Funding Software, the PUD said.

The project builds off the PUD’s latest lease of optical fiber owned by the Bonneville Electricity Administration, which runs fiber from Olympia to Port Angeles, the PUD said.

The BPA fiber boosts the PUD’s community capacity and presents it with a secure next pathway off the North Olympic Peninsula, as at this time the only fiber pathways into and out of East Jefferson County run across the Hood Canal Bridge, PUD Typical Supervisor Kevin Streett explained in the release.

The PUD ideas to be the retail company provider for internet in the task location.

Right until a short while ago, the PUD legally could only provide wholesale online support to personal corporations, which would oversee and deliver buyer connections and control their billing and help, Streett reported.

Because of to the passage of Dwelling Bill 1336 and Senate Invoice 5383 in the point out Legislature, as of July 25, the PUD can deliver web provider along with any fiber installations, Streett said.

Whilst the PUD is scheduling to be an web assistance provider for connections designed in grant venture space, all PUD fiber is “open obtain,” Streett explained.

“That signifies that any qualified services provider can use PUD fiber to join to a consumer,” he said. “You don’t have to just use the PUD if other selections are offered.”

The PUD is advertising and marketing that fiber in the task space will supply bare minimum upload and download speeds of 100 megabytes for every second, with gigabyte per next or larger speeds also offered.

Presently, Streett estimates the price tag of household service is very likely to start at $65 for every thirty day period before taxes. Minimal-earnings charges will be accessible, as will Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) phone assistance.

In a 2019 survey, about 70 % of residents claimed they did not have broadband support. Large-pace net is outlined as speeds higher than 25 megabytes per next, stated Will O’Donnell, PUD communications director, in a cell phone interview Tuesday.

In a presentation to the PUD’s Board of Commissioners, Streett discovered the $12.6 million undertaking as the initially of several tasks to expand entry to broadband in the county.

Even though Streett mentioned the PUD’s purpose is to be certain every person in Jefferson County has reasonably priced, dependable access to broadband, he stated that federal and condition grant funding alternatives will dictate which undertaking locations the PUD focuses on very first.

“Right now, all of the grants are for underneath(served) and unserved rural locations,” Streett said.

The PUD is functioning to connect firms to fiber for which the PUD has already strung or mounted conduit, Streett stated.

The PUD now owns a 50-mile fiber community that extends about Port Townsend and Port Hadlock and finishes at the Port Ludlow substation on Oak Bay Street.


Jefferson County reporter Zach Jablonski can be achieved at 360-385-2335, ext. 5, or at [email protected]

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