A “Broadband Working Group” was established in early 2019 by members of Pacific County administration; Public Utility District #2; Pacific County Economic Development Council; Shoalwater Bay Tribe; the Ports of Ilwaco, Peninsula, Willapa Harbor, and Chinook; and the cities of Ilwaco, Long Beach, Raymond, and South Bend.

Collectively, this group is championing expansion of industry-best speed, reliability, and resilience of broadband access throughout Pacific County at urban-competitive rates to businesses, consumers, and public benefit institutions (e.g. hospitals, schools, governments, etc).

We are currently in the planning/assessment stage of this project thanks to a grant from the Community Economic & Revitalization Board (CERB) through Washington State Department of Commerce.

These funds are being used to the facilitation of assessment and mapping of existing broadband capacity. These assessments will be used to identify gaps in coverage, current access providers, and possible alternatives for new construction or expansion of networks.

For questions or information you can email Susan Yirku at edc@pacificedc.org, and follow our progress on our Facebook Page.

Pacific County Broadband Working Group Public Meeting Recording – August 24, 2020

This video features updates on the two countywide broadband planning projects being led by the Port of Ilwaco and the Pacific County EDC. Grant funding for these projects has been made possible through the WA State Community Economic Revitalization Board (CERB), the Public Works Board, Pacific Council of Governments and the Port of Ilwaco. Recorded 8-24-2020.