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Washington Island broadband a challenge even with fiber optics

Washington Island now has the capacity for fiber optic communications.  It's still uncertain, however, when broadband internet might come to the entire island. The new electrical power cable now linking Washington Island to the Door County mainland includes a fiber optic cable.  Washington Island Electric Cooperative Manager Robert Cornell says the challenge is finding a distribution point for the fiber optic cable and the most efficient ways to provide service to year-round and seasonal residents.

 

 

Some limited internet service is currently available to portions of Washington Island.  Cornell says the cooperative would have to determine whether to offer broadband by itself or through another internet service provider.

 

Photo Courtesy of the Washington Island Electric Cooperative

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