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New fiber optic line for Lower Valley deputies

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ZILLAH, Wash.-- The Yakima County Sheriff's Office is getting some much needed upgrades in their Lower Valley office.

New fiber optic broadband cable in the Zillah Lakes Precinct will give deputies better Internet and communication networks.

This project is part of The American Reinvestment and Recovery Act, a federal program that's provided over $7 billion to help expand broadband access to different rural communities across the country.

The Yakima County Sheriff's Office, Zillah Lakes Precinct, applied to the program to help improve the communication network for the 20 or so deputies and detectives working in the Lower Valley.

Legend's Casino also gave YSO over $20,000 in matching funds that made them eligible for the upgrades and made the project free for taxpayers.

"This will give us higher speed communication down here. Plus, it gives us an opportunity to have fiber on the north side of the Yakima River," said Chief Civil Deputy, Dave Thompson.

Crews just finished running the fiber optic line into the precinct and Thompson hopes the new network will be finished in the next couple of weeks.

YSO's project could also help schools in Zillah get high speed Internet hooked up. Crews installed an extra fiber optic line, which could be extended into the city in the future.