A Public Utility District in Washington Pursues Opportunities to Improve Internet Access

Date: 5 Oct 2021 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Following hundreds of requests from community members urging the local Public Utility District (PUD) to address the lack of Internet access in Lewis County, Washington, the Lewis County PUD is answering the call with a proposal to construct an open access countywide fiber-to-the-home network.… Read More

Washington State Removes All Barriers to Municipal Broadband

Date: 14 May 2021 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Yesterday, following weeks of anticipation, State Gov. Jay Islee signed the Public Broadband Act (H.B. 1336), removing all restrictions on public broadband in the state of Washington, according to the bill’s primary sponsor, State Rep. Drew Hansen. This critical leap forward in Washington drops the number of states with laws restricting community broadband to 17. … Read More

In Seattle, Corporations Must Pay Their Fair Share to Support Climate Justice — Episode 113 of Building Local Power

Date: 29 Oct 2020 | posted in: Building Local Power, Energy | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Host John Farrell interviews Jill Mangaliman of Got Green and Abigail Juaner of Puget Sound Sage about Seattle’s JumpStart tax. The tax will be used to fund local projects centered around affordable housing and the city’s Green New Deal. … Read More

How Did Renewable Energy Fare at the Ballot Box? (2018 Election Edition)

Date: 7 Nov 2018 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Several clean energy measures were on the ballot in state and local elections this November. The results of state ballot measures were mixed, but voters in Portland, Ore., won handily at creating a fund for equitable, local clean energy investments.… Read More

Local Clean Energy on the Ballot this November

Date: 26 Oct 2018 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

This November, millions will go to the polls to cast votes in the midterm elections. In addition to electing candidates, some voters have a unique opportunity to directly shape their local energy system. Initiatives on the ballot in Portland, Ore., Washington state, and Colorado, present opportunities and new models for advancing local renewable energy, climate goals, and energy democracy.… Read More

Washington State Island Community Gains Connectivity from Local Provider

Date: 26 Jun 2018 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

The San Juan Islands cluster in the most northwest tip of Washington state, off the coast of the cities of Bellingham and Anacortes, and just spitting distance from the Canadian border. Hitching a ride on a ferry boat is the only way to access this remote but beautiful chain. A little more than a third of the residents of the 20 islands are seasonal, and the islands’ median age is 55 years old, according to Rock Island Communications. Visitors and residents alike experience the rough weather, thick Douglas fir overgrowth, and rocky terrain one would expect from the Pacific Northwest coast. These environs make for beautiful vistas – the islands are considered a vacation destination – but less than ideal conditions for high speed Internet access.… Read More

Public Entities in Washington County Partner in Connecting their Communities

Date: 31 May 2018 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Public entities in Skagit County, Washington, are joining forces to improve connectivity in rural areas while developing infrastructure to connect the entire county. Earlier this month the Port of Skagit and the Skagit Public Utility District (PUD) entered into an agreement to form an entity to develop an open access network in keeping with the county’s strategic fiber plan.… Read More

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