Lincoln County Awarded Broadband Grant
Lincoln County – Lincoln County was awarded a $1,963,920 grant for the FTTx in Almira, Creston and Harrington Project. This project consists of design and construction of the project, including materials to build the backbone between Wilbur and Almira and the last mile FTTx in Almira, Creston and Harrington. This project is expected to produce 536 connections, at a speed of 1G/1G, and result in 6 Internet Service Providers servicing the area. CERB funds are matched by $490,980 in local resources.
Details Here: https://www.commerce.wa.gov/wp-content/uploads/2021/07/CERB-July-2021-Newsletter.pdf
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The Economic Development Council serves as the broadband planning entity for Lincoln County and leads the Broadband Action Team (BAT). The Economic Development Council has been advocating for expanded and improved broadband infrastructure in both incorporated and unincorporated areas of the county since 2010. Expanded and improved broadband infrastructure continues to be a priority today.
State launches speed test survey just in time to benefit Lincoln County’s broadband project!
The Washington State Broadband Office has launched a broadband speed mapping tool to identify low speeds and gaps in internet service throughout the state. The results of the state’s project could help Lincoln County prove the need for better broadband speeds and access and potentially help secure funding for our project – building a countywide broadband expansion! (See a recent press release about Lincoln County’s broadband project here.)
It would be extremely helpful to us if Lincoln County residents would run this quick speed test. Go to broadband.wa.gov. to run the speed test at home using any computer or mobile device. If you cannot get internet service at your home at all, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org so that we can note the location as a serious gap in access.
Thank you in advance for your help!
Lincoln County Broadband History A history of broadband planning in the county since receiving high speed fiber; an outcome of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.
Recent Rural Broadband News
Getting Connected Spokesman Review coverage of Rural Broadband Workshop
hosted by the EDC.
USDA Report: Case for Rural Broadband
NTIA Releases Guide to Federal Broadband Funding
Broadband In Washington An outline of Washington State’s broadband policies,
goals, and investment priorities for 2019
In November 2019 Lincoln County and the EDC partnered on an application for a Broadband Planning Grant from the Washington State Dept. of Commerce Community Economic Revitalization Board. The grant was awarded in June 2020.The funding will be used to determine the functional and financial feasibility of making high speed broadband available to the county’s citizens and businesses through a partnership with the Port of Whitman.
Press Release -Lincoln County Broadband Expansion Inches Closer (7-2020)
Connecting Lincoln County and Appendix A 2018 assessment of broadband access, adoption, and community. This assessment was a partnership between the Lincoln County Broadband Action Team and the NTIA’s BroadbandUSA program.
Harrington Business District Broadband Build:
Press Release Harrington Broadband Project featured at Governor Inslee’s broadband policy release event (2019)
Press Release Harrington PDA Presents Project to Senate Committee for Economic Development and International Trade (2018)
Press Release Harrington Millennials make Broadband a Priority by building their own business district network.
Local Technology Planning Team and Appendix A 2014 study of infrastructure, access, and use of broadband plus an evaluation of the Lincoln County PUD as a middle mile service provider.
Press Release Local Technology Planning Team Funded (2013)