The Port of Whitman County was awarded close to $1.8 million from the
Washington State Department of Commerce’s Community Economic Revitalization Board to design and construct a fiber-to-the-premises network around Pine City and Malden in Whitman County.
The estimated total cost of the project is $2.1 million. The Port has committed a $433,730 local match for the grant.
After fires in the fall of 2020 devastated the area, the community continues to work to rebuild their town. According to the Port, infrastructure including broadband will help shape the communities.
Broadband access will mean e-learning, work-from-home, business, telemedicine, and other digital opportunities can once again become viable options for residents in the area.
The project should be completed by the end of the second quarter of next year.