Broadband internet coming to rural areas in eastern Washington

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    The Port of Garfield will soon be receiving broadband internet connection.

    The grant is part of State Legislator Mary Dye’s bill that passed in the State House last year.

    The bill provides internet and broadband connection to more rural areas across Washington state.

    "None of our businesses can operate without higher speeds,” said Diana Ruchert, Port of Garfield Manager. “When Columbia Pulp came in, they needed the speeds just to conduct simple business. All of our other businesses are the same. They need it to download documents, to sell their products online."

    The project is expected to begin in July and is expected to take about a year to get all fiber cables up and running.

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