Northwest Open Access Network (NoaNet)

NoaNet BB Infrastructure Project

The NoaNet project proposes to enhance education and health care access for residents across Washington State by expanding an existing high-speed network with an additional 830 miles of fiber and eight new microwave sites. The expanded network is expected to directly connect 123 anchor institutions in 18 counties, and deliver new and enhanced broadband capabilities to some of the more remote regions of the state. Specifically, the project plans to provide speeds of at least 100 Mbps to 57 libraries, 22 government facilities, 38 medical centers, two tribal service centers, and four community colleges. The project expects to connect the Jamestown S'Klallam tribal center, library and clinic; the Shoalwater tribal center and clinic; and provide connection opportunities for the Makah tribal center and clinic.

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BTOP In Action
NoaNet begins construction on its first 10 network miles

On March 24, 2011, Northwest Open Access Network (NoaNet) started stringing the first 10 miles of an 830-mile fiber optic network that will create business and support better health care and education opportunities across Washington State.

This initial stretch of fiber optic cable, funded by BTOP, will bring high speed Internet connectivity to schools and community institutions in the rural community of Deming, which currently struggles with slow Internet and data connections.

NoaNet is also breaking ground on 19 other project sites throughout the state with more than 100 people working to extend another 350 network miles by the end of summer 2011. This investment will create opportunities by connecting rural community facilities such as state, federal and local government offices; public safety and medical centers; libraries; schools; and tribal centers – with high speed telecommunications infrastructure.

Once this network is complete, NoaNet’s expansion will enable more affordable access to high speed broadband for up to approximately 380,000 households, 18,000 businesses, and 1,300 anchor institutions across the state.

Last Updated October 18, 2011.

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