“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 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.
Current Fiber Investment
In 2020, the Port of Clarkston achieved a major goal--connecting the two incorporated cities within Asotin County.
The next stage in rolling out infrastructure in our community is through fiber-to-the-home projects. The Port has no fewer than 14 of those in various stages of contemplation or pre-design.
The Port continues to serve on the Asotin County Broadband Action Team for collaboration among partners to help achieve high speed internet goals, of no less than 100 Mbps download and 20 Mbps upload. However, our fiber optic cable is scalable, and the right electronics could assure Gbps speeds.
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