More connectivity for Clarkston schools with help from Port of Clarkston

CLARKSTON, WA - Leaders from the Port of Clarkston are excited about helping the Clarkston School District get connected.

They're helping construct six-miles of fiber-optic cables. You hear about these cables when someone's talking about the telephone system, cable TV or the internet. Fiber-optic lines are strands of glass as thin as a human hair that carry digital information over long distances.

Port Manager Wanda Keefer said this will help the Clarkston district by connecting all their schools.

"Fiber seems to be in demand now," said Keefer. "At one point when we were working on the design we found out that when you order fiber it takes 20 to 24 weeks to get it available for construction. We think we've solved that problem, cross your fingers, so that we can meet the needs of the school district very soon."

Thursday they awarded the construction project to Summit Utility Contractors. They'll begin construction on Friday.