Improved access likely several years away for some To get a fast-enough internet connection to run his business, Christian Kar rents office space at the Windermere Real Estate office in Mazama. PUD survey The Okanogan County Public Utility District (PUD) is gathering information to gauge interest in high-speed broadband. For more about the survey, see […]
Money would support research, planning for improved coverage To help plan future improvements in internet services throughout the Methow Valley, a local Broadband Action Team will seek state economic revitalization funding this spring. The Broadband Action Team (BAT), which was established last summer to find ways to make broadband internet more accessible and reliable in […]
How bad is Internet service in parts of the Methow Valley? It’s so bad, one Lost River resident said, “I sent an email and drove to the Mazama Store for ice cream and I passed the email.”
That story was one of dozens told by local residents who attended a community meeting last week to describe their experience with Internet service in the valley. Most speakers weren’t there to praise their service.
With an increasing number of Methow Valley residents telecommuting for their work, the need for fast, reliable broadband Internet service also continues to grow.
To assess the current state of Internet service and needs in the valley, a community meeting will be held next Wednesday (Oct. 10) at 7 p.m. at the Methow Valley Community Center. The meeting is part of an initiative coordinated by TwispWorks to address rural broadband Internet issues in the Methow Valley.
Broadband services in Twisp — or the lack of them — will be examined in a study conducted by Partners for Rural Washington through an agreement with the Town of Twisp.
The study, expected to be completed by the end of the year, will evaluate the existing level of broadband Internet services …
The pitched emotions and so-called fake news that engulfed the country during the often-vitriolic election campaign have generated enough soul-searching to prompt a policy change at the Methownet.com bulletin board (www.methownet.com/bulletinboard.html).
On Nov. 18, under …
Over the past several years, roadsides around the county have sprouted large wooden spools wound with beefy black fiber-optic cables. The Okanogan County Public Utility District (PUD) has completed installing 200 miles of these cables on power poles to transmit high-speed Internet connections. The project, financed by the federal Stimulus Act five years ago, helped […]
By Marcy Stamper
Crews are working on a PUD project that will extend the possibility of high-speed broadband connections to about 80 percent of the utility’s customers.