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.