This is the number one question we answer from community members. We would love to be in every community in Washington State that needs better broadband connectivity. However, we have learned that in order to have a successful community broadband program, a team of stakeholders bringing their unique skills to the equation is critical.
There are many factors to consider when figuring out the path to expand broadband infrastructure. NoaNet has already deployed over 3,300 miles of fiber infrastructure in our state; we already touch every county. The cost requirements of implementing new fiber-optic lines are expensive and therefore, every mile of our network has to be well thought out to maximize impact. If your community leadership is interested in exploring how to expand infrastructure, we can help with the plan for that.
If you are a community member who needs better access to broadband, we encourage you to talk to your community leaders and let them know your concerns. NoaNet’s Community Broadband Solutions program has dedicated staff who will work alongside city leaders to review infrastructure including roads, underground and overhead utility paths, permits, and more. We believe that for community broadband projects to be successful it must be a joint effort. Every project is unique and it takes time to develop a plan and figure out financial hurdles, but where there is a will, there is a way!