Chelan County PUD
System upgrades and equipment replacements are planned for 2013 to keep the Chelan County PUD’s wholesale fiber-optics network viable and to protect the investment made in the system.
Mike Coleman, Fiber and Telecom managing director, Monday outlined for PUD commissioners the work that will be done next year. The result will be improved data speeds, a move to newer technology and increased reliability for some users.
Coleman said the PUD has budgeted for about 600 fiber line extensions in 2013 in areas where service is available, and the District already has received 262 requests.
The PUD is also evaluating operation of its video headend, which brings TV programming to local service providers. Those firms sell TV service to about 5,800 customers. The PUD is maintaining and repairing existing equipment, and service providers are able to purchase and add components to expand service.
Other items on the 2013 “to do” list for fiber are studying the cost of each service, looking at rates and fees, evaluating other technology such as wireless to expand access and monitoring possible changes in state law that might give PUDs retail fiber authority.
Earlier this year commissioners set the direction for continued operation of the fiber network under financial policies to ensure the fiber system is operated as a self-sustaining business with no new cash or loans from other District sources.
In other business Monday, commissioners:
The next regular commission meeting is at 10 a.m., Monday, Jan. 7, 2013.
Most PUD commission meetings are recorded, and a link to the audio is available on the PUD’s home page at www.chelanpud.org.
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