December 3, 2021
Port of Whitman County
Media Advisory: Port of Whitman County Gig Service Broadband Ribbon Cutting Event

The Port of Whitman County is pleased to host a ribbon cutting event for its gig service broadband project in rural Whitman County 10 a.m. December 9, 2021, at the Tekoa Event Center.

The Port of Whitman County is pleased to host a ribbon cutting event for its gig service broadband project in rural Whitman County. This month, the Port will conclude its project to enable gig-speed broadband for more than 150 businesses and 1,386 homes in five communities on the Palouse and extend fiber an additional 41 miles to rural areas. As a result, the farming towns of Rosalia, Tekoa, Oakesdale, Garfield and Palouse have access to services comparable to the largest urban areas in Washington State. In addition, the project extended fiber to transmitter sites for improved wireless broadband in the areas of Almota, Oakesdale, Tekoa, Farmington, Grinnell and Lamont. The project was funded through a $1 million loan and $1 million grant from the State of Washington’s Community Economic Revitalization Board (CERB) and $2 million in match funding from the Port, which included a $1 million commitment from Whitman County of .09 funds. The event highlights the project and serves as the official ribbon cutting event.

What:              Port of Whitman County Broadband Project Ribbon Cutting

Who:               Local elected officials from the Port of Whitman County and Whitman County, the Community Economic Revitalization Board, fiber network users, internet  service providers and members of the public

When:             10:30 a.m. PST, Thursday, December 9, 2021

Where:          Tekoa Event Center
                        135 N. Crosby Street
                        Tekoa, WA
 

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About the Port of Whitman County
The Port of Whitman County is dedicated to improving the quality of life for all citizens of Whitman County through industrial real estate development, preservation of multi-modal transportation, facilitation of economic development and provision of on-water recreational opportunities.