Fast, affordable Internet access for all.
Sanders has already laid underground conduit for her own house and two of her neighbors’, following assurances from PUD staff that it would speed the installation process. Another resident, Rachel Imper who lives on Brown Road, said she needs a fast Internet connection to exchange writing assignments that she works on from home. She said she’s currently paying for an expensive satellite service. No other options are available.The fiber expansion will pause at least until the consultant reports back this summer. At that point, the PUD and citizens will have to decide how to balance the need for broadband against its costs. This is the real world - Chelan's PUD hasn't "failed" because it is not wildly profiting from broadband services like Comcast. It is providing an essential service - one that many locals would not have in the absence of the PUD. The PUD has applied for stimulus funds to finish the network and the Governor supports their application [pdf]. Though Chelan seems the exact type of unserved and underserved that should be prioritizing, no one knows the likelihood of their application being accepted. If funded, all but 2% of the county will have fiber access.