NoaNet was founded in 2000 by Washington Public Utility Districts to realize the economic benefits of broadband to unserved and underserved areas of Washington State. Quality and affordable broadband access for all Washington State communities is necessary to thrive in today’s digital age. A lack of sufficient bandwidth or broadband limits educational opportunities and information exchange, discouraging businesses from relocating or expanding.
The NoaNet Mission: Leverage relationships and resources to develop and operate a world-class, open-access information technology platform and network that enhances people’s lives and business opportunities in the state of Washington and facilitates member utility operations.
NoaNet: A Timeline of Accomplishments
NoaNet was incorporated on February 7th, 2000. It was founded by Greg Marney, who was then the Assistant General Manager at Douglas PUD.
NoaNet has 1 OC-48
NoaNet provisions the first statewide OC-48 public benefit network. An OC-48 transports 2.5 Gbps or roughly 500 T-1 circuits.
NoaNet is the K-20 Network
NoaNet was awarded the first Ethernet pilot with K-20 networks replacing legacy T-1 transport for educational broadband services. This new network would support 10 Mbps circuits from 26 schools in Central Washington to the State Data Center in Olympia, WA.
5 Gigabits of Capacity
NoaNet's network reaches a total of 5 total gigabits of capacity.
NoaNet's NOC Opens
NoaNet opens its 24x7x365 state-of-the-art Network Operations Center in Spokane to support network operations for Public Utility District Networks.
First 10G in the Northwest
NoaNet is proud to announce the first 10Gbps circuit in the Northwest, a high-capacity broadband backbone to support the communities of Washington State.
Infrastructure Continues to Expand
NoaNet grows to 23 PoPs (Points of Presence) and has deployed over 1200 miles of Fiber Optic cable. This year in NoaNet history, the backbone network migrated from a legacy SONET-SDH circuit-switched network to an all pure Ethernet and packet-based network.
Statewide Government Impact
By 2006, NoaNet infrastructure is carrying 40% of all Washington government traffic.
Quincy Data Centers
NoaNet puts Quincy, a rural agricultural community, on the map with the delivery of high-capacity 10 Gbps fiber optic-fed broadband to support large-scale cloud services and data center development.
BTOP Round 1 Awarded- $84.3 Million
The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) Broadband Technology Opportunity Program (BTOP) awards NoaNet, and its sub-participants $84.3 million to promote middle-mile broadband infrastructure development and connect community anchor institutions in unserved and underserved areas of Washington State.
BTOP Round 2 Awarded- $54.4 Million
NoaNet is awarded a second round of grant funding for the Broadband Technology Opportunity Program (BTOP) to support the deployment of a network for rural communities in Washington State. These combined awards make Washington the 3rd highest-awarded state in the county.
BTOP Round 1 Complete
After the first round of BTOP, NoaNet has constructed over 950 miles of fiber in WA State to create new redundant loops for critical traffic.
BTOP Creates Jobs
NoaNet's BTOP Expansion creates more than 200 new jobs across Washington.
BTOP Round 2 Complete
With the Completion of BTOP Round 2, NoaNet and its supporting networks have added 1600 miles of fiber optic capacity to 26 counties across the state, connecting over 300 Anchor Institutions such as hospitals, libraries, and state agencies.
NoaNet installs a 100G transport circuit
It's the first of its kind in the Pacific Northwest!
Live Streaming of NFL on 100G
NoaNet carries live streaming of Yahoo NFL from the data centers in Quincy, WA, as over 100 million viewers watched our beloved Seahawks lose to the Patriots.
Anchor Institution Access Expanded
170 Communities and 200 schools, libraries, hospitals, and government buildings have access to broadband through NoaNet's network.
Security & Access Control Services
NoaNet launches OTT (Over the Top) Services, including Access Control and Surveillance, to increase opportunities for streamlining in rural communities.
NoaNet Awarded State NG911 Subcontract
Public Safety and NoaNet have roots that go back almost to when NoaNet started. NoaNet’s vision has always been to advance telecommunications services in Washington State. That vision has led NoaNet to have thousands of miles of fiber infrastructure throughout the state that will be leveraged to move the State’s 911 system from its legacy system to the Next Generation system.
First PSAP Turned Up On NoaNet's Network
On the morning of May 1, 2018, NoaNet and the state emergency response network successfully cutover the first Public Safety Answering Point (PSAP) at RiverComin Wenatchee (which serves as a 911 call center for Chelan and Douglas counties), to the new NG911 Emergency Service Internet Protocol Network (ESInetII). This marks the first of 64 public Safety Answering Points (PSAPs) across the state that will eventually make the switchover.
Washington State's Public Benefit Network
In 2020, twenty years since it's inception, NoaNet operates a fiber network that totals over 3,300 fiber miles and touches every county of Washington State! We operate the State’s 911 system, connect roughly 400 cell towers to enhance rural mobile connectivity, and have over 100 Retail Service Providers who serve off our network.
Covid-19 Community Public WiFi
NoaNet worked tirelessly with the State Broadband Office to execute a statewide plan to get free Wi-Fi hotspots deployed for community use during the Covid-19 pandemic. Out of the nearly 300 sites active across the state, NoaNet and its members comprised 2/3rds of the statewide deployments.
NG911 Network is Complete
All 64 of Washington State's Public Safety Answering Points are operational. 100% of Washington State's 911 calls are now transported over an Ethernet transport, replacing legacy phone analog systems. Washington's 911 network is now better than ever!
400 Gbps Backbone
We’ve got our first 400Gbps statewide backbone link up and running!
Support Grant Applications
2022 was a landmark year for NoaNet's community support efforts through our professional services program. We worked with dozens of communities on broadband planning and applied for more than $300 million in grant funds for broadband infrastructure!
We’ve turned up over a terabyte of bandwidth on our backbone for a single carrier customer! A terabyte (TB) is a unit of digital data that is equal to about 1 trillion bytes (per second).