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Discovery Bay East October Fiber Project Update

THE BAD NEWS: Fiber to your project area has been delayed to 2024. Many Apologies.

THE ISSUE: Our first project, the Olympic Fiber Corridor, running from Quilcene to Gardiner, is also our largest. It's been incredibly challenging. After multiple delays from the federal government, the current delay came in completing the design. Drawing plans for 200 miles of fiber optic cable around the shorelines, islands, farmland, and foothills of the Olympic Mountains has not been an easy task. We had a lot to learn and a lot to review. BUT! We are now pivoting to bidding and selecting contractors in the coming weeks and months, and underground fiber construction in Quilcene will begin after the new year.

That said, it does mean that work on the Discovery Bay East Fiber Project will not begin until the second half of 2024 at the soonest. At this time we don't have a schedule for when we will be connecting homes, but as soon as we know more, we’ll let you know. However, the smaller size of the Discovery Bay project area means we will continue to look at creative ways to squeeze it in sooner if we can.

THE GOOD NEWS: Our PUD line crews are installing a mile of fiber a day on poles around Quilcene, with more than 25 miles of fiber already in place. The core equipment for our new 10 Gig network is in place and tested. Amazing internet from the PUD is now a reality. By the time we get to your area, construction will go faster and our service will be better still.

ONE LAST THING: Signups in Discovery Bay East fiber project area have surpassed our quota for free installations. If you are already signed up, there is no charge for installation. Any subsequent signups will have to pay $750 for installation (or $20 per month for 3 years).

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