SOUTHEAST WASH. -- A major expansion of broadband fiber is now finished in Walla Walla, Columbia and Garfield counties.
The expansion provides many local residents, businesses, schools and libraries with access to high speed Internet for the first time.
To celebrate the project's completion, Northwest Open Access Network (NoaNet), the Columbia County Health Department and the Columbia County Rural Library District will be holding an open house will be held on Tuesday, February 19th from 2pm to 3pm at the Dayton Memorial Library. The open house is open to the public.
NoaNet is overseeing construction of two federal American Reinvestment and Recovery Act grants totaling $140 million to bring high-speed Internet to mostly rural areas of Washington.
The statewide broadband expansion project, a joint effort between local PUDs, private companies, ports, cities, counties and NoaNet, plugged the area into regional fiber networks by constructing cable from Walla Walla and College Place to Pomeroy and Dayton.
The project is connecting Asotin and Clarkston to the broadband fiber "highway" as well.