How the
Northwest Connects


Board + Members

Public Utility Districts (PUDs) were created to provide utilities to unserved and underserved communities. 100 years ago, the major utility needed was electricity. PUDs helped build this critical infrastructure out to rural areas where private electric providers were not investing. Our members had the foresight to expand that utility mission to broadband, which is today’s critical infrastructure. Through the ongoing support of these members, NoaNet provides services that support their communities and utility operations and seek to bridge the digital divide in underserved areas of Washington State.

NoaNet Members

More than 20 years ago, member Public Utility Districts (PUDs) had the foresight to realize broadband as a utility that would impact local economies in ways we could not yet imagine. Through that vision, they formed a statewide not-for-profit broadband network called NoaNet (short for Northwest Open Access Network) to enhance telecommunications access throughout Washington State.

Widely available and reliable access to broadband service is important to our state’s economic health, access to education and essential services, and quality of life.  Public Utility Districts and NoaNet play a critical role in connecting communities by providing access to high-speed broadband service.

Board Members

Our board is comprised of members of the nine Public Utility Districts and one joint operating agency in Washington State that own and provide leadership for NoaNet.

President of the Board
Ron Gadeberg
PUD #1 of Okanogan County
Vice President of the Board
Jason Dunsmoor
PUD #2 of Pacific County
Secretary of the Board
Chris Folta
PUD #1 of Benton County
Steve Schopfer
PUD #1 of Clallam County
Dean Kovacs
Energy Northwest
Dan Toepper
PUD #1 of Jefferson County
Angela Bennink
PUD #1 of Kitsap County
Linda Gott
PUD #3 of Mason County
Colin Willenbrock
PUD #1 of Pend Oreille County
Roger Wright
PUD #1 of Franklin County

Member Representatives

We have a group of Member Representatives that are also made up of the nine Public Utility Districts and one joint operating agency in Washington State that own and provide leadership for NoaNet.

Board Documents

Below are documents associated with our board meetings including agendas and an annual calendar.

Agendas – 2022

December 14, 2022 – Member Annual Meeting [Hybrid NOC and Zoom]
November 9, 2022 – Agenda [Hybrid WPUDA offices in Olympia, WA and Zoom]
October 12, 2022 – Agenda [Hybrid NOC and Zoom]
September 14, 2922 – Agenda [Hybrid NOC and Zoom]
August 10, 2022 – Agenda [Hybrid NOC and Zoom]
No July 2022 Meeting
June 8, 2022 – Agenda [Hybrid NOC and Zoom]
May 11, 2022 – Agenda [Hybrid NOC and Zoom]
May 5, 2022 – Workshop Agenda [teleconference only]
April 13, 2022 – Agenda [Hybrid NOC and Zoom]
March 9, 2022 – Agenda [WPUDA offices in Olympia, WA and Zoom]
February 9, 2022 – Agenda [teleconference only]
No January 2022 Meeting

Agendas – 2021

December 8th, 2021 – Member Annual Meeting –  Agenda [teleconference only]
November 10, 2021 – Agenda [at WPUDA offices in Olympia]
October 13, 2021 – Agenda
September 8, 2021 – Agenda [teleconference only]
August 11, 2021 – Agenda
No July Meeting
June 9, 2021 – Agenda [teleconference only]
May 12, 2021 – Agenda [teleconference only]
April 14, 2021 – Agenda [teleconference only]
April  7, 2021 – Special Session Agenda [teleconference only]
March 10, 2021 – Agenda [teleconference only]
February 10, 2021 – Agenda [teleconference only]
No January 2021 Meeting