The Port of Woodland received an additional $2.1 million from Washington State Broadband Office after the sealed bids were received in November. In December, outgoing WSBO Director Vasconi awarded the Port these additional dollars to complete the construction after project costs nearly doubled from engineering estimates completed in the summer. The Port is grateful to the WSBO office for these additional tax dollars to ensure that some of the region’s most rural areas have access to current technological and communication tools. These dollars along with the State Community Economic Revitalization Board (CERB) investment in the backbone and Fiber to the Home will complete the project.

The Port awarded the contract to North Sky Communications in November for a partial project due to the limited funds. However, in January the remaining areas for service were added. Updates on the construction process may be accessed via the Dark Fiber web page or the Port’s Facebook page. Project construction will be completed based on Fiber Service Areas that are stand alone connections to the backbone. Once the fiber service area is complete, internet service providers can connect businesses and residences to the service.

For information on obtaining service from the Port’s internet service provider- Reach networks, can be found on this link at  Reach Networks Information Flyer.