State of Washington providing financial support to expand high speed internet in Whitman County

The State of Washington is providing financial support for a project to bring high speed internet to several small Whitman County communities. The Washington State Community Economic Revitalization Board has allocated a low-interest loan and a grant to the Port of Whitman County. The port will use the money to help pay for its Last-Mile Fiber Construction project. The board is providing a 750,000 dollar loan and a quarter million dollar grant for the work. The port is paying 2 million dollars in a local match. The project will hook up homes in Rosalia, Tekoa, Oakesdale, Garfield and Palouse to broadband fiber. Crews will install aerial fiber to the homes using existing utility poles.