Leavenworth-area work will add Public Power Benefit access to broadband internet
Chelan PUD crews are at work in lower Chumstick Canyon, just outside Leavenworth, expanding the high-speed fiber network as part of the District’s Public Power Benefit program approved by PUD commissioners last year. In all, Chelan PUD is expanding access to the network for about 1,000 customers this year in parts of Cashmere, Manson and Leavenworth.
PUD crews started building new fiber distribution last week in lower Chumstick Canyon to reach about 55 homes by the end of June. They are working from Cascade High School north to Freund Canyon.
Now is the time for customers in the newly built-out area to contact a retail service provider and make a connection request to receive broadband internet, television and/or telephone over the PUD network. Chelan PUD’s broadband network can deliver internet speeds of up to 1 gigabit per second (GBps).
Drivers and bicyclists on Chumstick Highway can expect to see PUD and contractor crews in the area for the next 30 days, Monday – Friday, generally from 7 a.m. – 4 p.m. They will be placing equipment to prepare for the new fiber service.
For more information about the planned expansion, please visit the PUD website www.chelanpud.org and click on “My PUD Services.”
As chosen by customers during strategic planning, the Public Power Benefit will bring access to the PUD’s high-speed internet fiber network from about 69 percent to 85-90 percent of county residents within 11 years. Locations for future work are identified each year during budgeting for the following year.
District staff has identified the areas slated for additional connections in 2016 that are next to existing fiber in Manson, Cashmere and Leavenworth. Expansion criteria calls for building in areas where connections can be added at the least cost per premises passed. Broadband network expansion in the Manson area is scheduled to start in early July. Work in the Cashmere area along Tigner Road started in early May.