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June 30, 2011

NoaNet Initiates Construction for High-speed Broadband Expansion in Washington State



Northwest Open Access Network (NoaNet) has started construction work on two federal American Reinvestment and Recovery Act grants amounting $140 million to expand high-speed Internet access to hundreds of schools, hospitals, emergency response agencies, libraries, colleges and universities across Washington State. This action will bring nearly a thousand miles of high-speed broadband Internet service to nearly every unserved community in the state.                                      

In a press release, Greg Marney, chief executive officer of NoaNet, said, “This broadband initiative will create immediate jobs during construction and attract economic investment to rural areas that have struggled from limited access to broadband.”

NoaNet's broadband network serves as the main "information highway" for the state, enabling telecommunications providers to connect with it to provide Internet service to local communities and organizations. This new service will help every local in the state to use enhanced 911 services. It will also help to transfer real-time data over wireless networks and enable EMTs to communicate with hospital physicians en route from injury sites, dramatically improving response times when receiving medical treatment in the "golden hour" after injury improves chances of survival by 90 percent.

The new broadband infrastructure will connect 34 community colleges, creating opportunities for collaboration on research and information exchange; make remote diagnoses, enhancing professional training with reduced travel, and making it possible to provide immediate assessment and guidance to emergency workers via videoconferencing; enable businesses to use credit/debit card systems, automated inventory and fulfilment systems, and web sales that are not currently available or extremely limited today; and give farmers the ability to participate in commodities trading – a key competitive disadvantage to the family farmer.

NoaNet was in the news last year when it received a second federal grant to enlarge its high-speed broadband stimulus service to almost all areas of the state where services are currently not available.


Sujata Garud is a TMCnet freelancer with three years of writing/editing experience and two years of market research experience. As an editor she has covered the IT, electronics, banking, pharma, construction, mining and healthcare industries. To see more of her articles, please visit her columnist page.

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