Twelve million dollars in state money is going to the Okanogan County Electric Co-op. The Washington State Broadband Office announced the award yesterday, part of 121 million dollars in grants going to 19 broadband construction projects that will deliver high-speed internet access to unserved and underserved communities across the state.
The 12 million dollars will go towards the Okanogan County Connect project. According to Broadband Office Director Mark Vasconi, the grants as a whole will provide initial service initially to almost 15-thousand end users located across the state. The funding announced yesterday is part of the state's investment of the federal Coronavirus Capital Project Fund. Money will be awarded to sixteen counties across the state; Okanogan County's share of the money is the second highest awarded.