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Posted on Jan 29, 2015

PUD expands wireless broadband network to rural customers

Grant PUD’s High Speed Network is bringing Internet access to rural areas of Grant County this year.

For the past 18 months, the utility has conducted a wireless broadband pilot project in the Quincy Valley. Using the network installed by Grant PUD, participating independent Internet service providers are bringing broadband services to their customers in the pilot area.

Building on the strength of the pilot program, Grant PUD will expand the wireless network into other areas of the county, the utility announced on Wednesday.

Initial expansion sites for 2015 include more sections of the Quincy Valley, the Larson area near Moses Lake, rural Ephrata, the Blue Lake area, Beverly, Schawana and Priest Rapids Dam. Other locations for expansion will be determined by customer demand.

The wireless broadband network will provide a 7 megabit-per-second service to accommodate streaming video services. Grant PUD will notify customers when the network is available in their area. To connect to the network, customers will need to contact one of the Internet service providers participating in the wireless broadband program.

A list of wireless broadband Internet service providers is available from the PUD.