As chosen by customers during strategic planning, the Public Power Benefit will bring access to PUD fiber from about 69 percent to 85-90 percent of county residents within 11 years. Locations for future expansion will be identified each year during budgeting for the following year. To date, fiber access has been expanded to over 2,500 customers within the county.
In 2018, the Board of Commissioners committed an additional $2.3 million to continue broadband network expansion and infill through the Public Power Benefit program. Expansion areas include Eagle Creek, upper Chumstick Highway, lower Merry Canyon, and Stines Hill. The areas included for infill are in Chelan, Entiat, and Wenatchee. You can view a map of our expansion areas here:
2019 County Overview Map
The District continues to connect customers within previously approved expansion areas. Those areas include:
- Brender Canyon
- Lower Chumstick Highway
- Upper Merry Canyon
In addition to areas of expansion, the District is reviewing areas within the current service territory for customers unable to connect. Referred to as “infill”, these areas are all around the county and specific to customer addresses. Current infill areas include:
Customers can connect under the Public Power Benefit program for two years after access is brought to their area and are urged to contact a service provider and make the request now.