Internet, Timber, utilities

Is fiber coming to rural western Washington County? Perhaps, says Ziply

Ziply's current broadband network in northwest Oregon. Blue is broadband, green is fiber. Photo courtesy Ziply website

The rural portions of Washington County have always struggled to gain access to high speed internet, with some regions solely relying on satellite or microwave options, while others are on copper lines now owned by Ziply Fiber, which acquired the former network of the struggling Frontier Communications operation in Oregon, Washington, Idaho and Montana on May 1 of this year.

Now, with a global pandemic forcing students to learn at home and many adults to work online from home, a reliable network has suddenly become even more important.

The Frontier network for rural residents in far western Washington County has been a constant source of frustration for years, with technical issues plaguing the aging network and often poor customer service being a hallmark . . .

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