When Do We Get Fiber? Discovery Bay East
As you may have heard, fiber construction to eligible homes in our Discovery Bay East project has been delayed a couple of times. The first was due to yearlong delays in contracts and funding from the government. Now the delay is due to the time it will take to do the actual work, as well as to the PUD’s success in receiving grant funding.
To date we have obtained over $51M in funding to build fiber in Jefferson County. We’ve won nearly every grant we’ve applied for and will now be able to build fiber to just about every home or business in our electric service territory lacking access to broadband internet and stuck with outdated DSL, expensive satellite, spotty cellular, or in some cases, no internet at all.
The downside of course is that it’s a huge task and a lot of work. Due to funding deadlines, work on the Jefferson North project area will not begin until after we install fiber to Quilcene, Discovery Bay, Gardiner, and part of Chimacum. We are beginning work in Quilcene in early-July, but it will be a year before we expect to be able to string fiber to homes in the Discovery Bay project area, likely spring of 2024.
One last thing: Signups in the Discovery Bay East area have been strong from the start. We have passed the take rate quota of 70%. Any additional signups will likely have to pay $750 to connect.