BROADBAND AND THE PORT OF CLARKSTON
“The Port of Clarkston’s project demonstrates that next-generation infrastructure is a key and fundable element of community revitalization. Washington companies need broadband to grow and stay in this state, just as they need space to work, roads, rivers and rails to ship product, and energy to drive production. Ingenuity is the really inexhaustible resource, and the Port of Clarkston’s got it in spades. Their success demonstrates the excellent return on investment for on-going support of Local Technology Planning Teams.” This quote is from Wilford Saunders, Broadband Program and Policy Director for the state of Washington.
This statement came after the state of Washington's Community Economic Revitalization Board (CERB) voted to fund the Port of Clarkston's application for a grant and loan for Phase II of fiber optic infrastructure. The application had, as a foundation, the Asotin County Broadband Planning Study awarded through the Broadband Office.
Phase I of the fiber optic network build-out was completed in August. Please see the map for that fiber investment by clicking on Phase I Map.
The next phase (see Phase II Map) includes moving south on 13th Street in Clarkston and attaching fiber to poles into the Clarkston Heights. The ultimate goal for Phase II is connectivity within “Turning Pointe,” the Port’s new business park.
Federal and state funding will help complete Phase II. The Community Economic Revitalization Board approved a grant and loan in November to assist Phase II. We anticipate that Phase II, now that it’s funded, could be complete in August 2014.
Once the fiber is in place, the Port will lease it to internet service providers.
Please see the Asotin County Broadband Planning Study for more information relating to broadband in our community.
If you’re curious, take the speed test to see how fast you can download or upload.
Please read this very interesting and informative article on Broadband from the January 2013 edition of the MRSC newsletter. click here Benefits of Broadband