|Temperature: 62.3°F | Humidity: 83% | Pressure: 29.96in ( Falling) | Conditions: Smoke | Wind Direction: SE | Wind Speed: 0mph|
INDEX CLOSE TO GETTING HIGH SPEED INTERNET SERVICE?
March 09, 2011
(INDEX, WA) -- Index residents may be getting close to saying goodbye to painfully slow “dial up” Internet access and hello to high speed access. Yes, Index is one of many rural communities across the country that does not have high speed Internet access.
Some time back Sultan’s Iron Goat Network served the tiny town with high-speed service but pulled out after not enough subscribers signed up to make the work profitable for the company.
Index town council member Karen Sample testified recently in Olympia on House Bill1140, which would give small communities the authority to sell Internet services if they met requirements such as having no other provider available.
State Representative Kirk Pearson presented the bill to the technology, energy and communications committee.
Sample testified in favor of the bill because Index is ‘eight miles from the end of the 21 century’. She suggested ways on how the town might pay for the service, and how it would serve the community, not just the town of Index.
At a recent city council meeting it was mentioned that councilwoman Sample met with a woman from the Independent Telecommunications organization who testified against the bill.
The woman reportedly did not want to make plans public in case competitors found out, but she implied that funds would soon be available to bring Internet services to rural communities.
Sample also spoke with a representative from Frontier Communications who said that while they did not want to make their plans public because of competitive concerns, Index was a priority to receive high speed service.
Mention was made that high speed Internet service could possibly become a reality in Index within a few months.
TAGS: Index, WA high speed Internet service, rural America