YAKIMA, WA -- A new broadband network is up and running. The network spans 1,600 miles and brings high speed Internet to places that might not have an Internet connection at all without it.
Governor Jay Inslee announced the completion of the project Tuesday at Yakima Valley Community College.
A non-profit group called Northwest Open Access Network spearheaded the effort. They say most households get service that averages around 1 megabyte-per-second. But with this system, organizations in small communities would get service that's much faster than that.
"With this project we have hooked up all the anchor institutions with 100-megs symmetrical, that's up and down," NoaGeo CEO Greg Marney said. "So it's a pretty robust system. "It should be a great asset to the whole state of Washington for years to come."
The network was funded by two Federal grants totaling $140 million. The broadband network is now up and running bringing High-Speed Internet to previously undeserved libraries, police stations, city halls, and colleges as well as local Internet Service Providers that provide Internet connection to those communities.