Category: Gigabit Fiber San Juan Islands

911 Outage: DEM News

For immediate release 11/6/2013 Friday Harbor, WA – A 911 and phone service outage is well into the second day in the San Juan Islands as local residents and responders continue to cope with the challenges of the phone outage. Centurylink has reported that…

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75 Million Dollars in San Juan County

Islander members of San Juan Islands Buy, Sell, Trade control 75 million dollars of economic activity each year. I’m a social impact investor and love putting a dual bottom line together. One that has both a sustainable financial engine and…

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San Juan Islands: Access is a Broadband Right?

Is Internet access a right? Is a Broadband Right even a human right? Do we live fundamentally better lives by communicating? Switzerland, Finland think so. Google offers 1 megabit free service. What will our local Broadband organization offer? If we…

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OPALCO Broadband Preliminary Wireless Tower Map

OPALCO recently published a map showing where they are placing cellular towers around the islands. These cellular antenna arrays could be the size of a electric ‘telephone pole’ – possibly much taller. OPALCO notes… “Map shows preliminary coverage (purple) estimates…

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San Juan Islands iOS Guide Features Video

The San Juan Islands Smart Guide for visitors and islanders helps promote a socially conscience experience in the San Juan Islands, Washington State. This Spring, the San Juan Islands premier Guide, the San Juan Smart Guide now features: Locating Emergency…

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San Juan Islands Broadband Without Debt?

“The Institute for Local Self-Reliance has just released a new case study on community broadband — this one examines how Chanute, Kansas, built its own broadband network over a period of many years without borrowing.” The OPALCO Plan calls for…

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What Would It Take to Switch to OPALCO Broadband

OPALCO Broadband plans have recently been published. A key part of any business plan is understanding the value of the product or service. Many organizations design their plans based on focus group input. A focus group is a selected group…

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Opalco Educates County Council on Opalco Broadband Opportunity

OPALCO Broadband plans to become a retail Internet Service Provider and recently announced it will be educating the membership about their decision. Additionally, OPALCO has indicated this education process may take several months, but they are pressing on with spending…

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fB: Google Gigabit Facebook Group Upgraded Today

Google has announced one community has been selected, but was quick to point out the game is not over. Google intends to continue to push for broadband Internet evolution. Over the past 3 years, the major broadband providers in the…

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San Juan County Gigabit Fiber to the Home: Open Letter to Opalco Board

Dear Opalco Board Members, Privatizing the Opalco membership owned Fiber Optic Network is not recommended. Privatization will lead to narrow choices, higher prices and poor performance due to capital service requirements. Opalco’s Board should take the following steps. Establish a…

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