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Murray Applauds Major Investment to Expand Broadband Access to Communities in Eastern Washington

Sep 13 2010

Investment will directly create over 200 jobs and bring broadband access to 3,600 businesses

(Washington, D.C.) – Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) applauded the announcement made by Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack that Washington state would receive a $20.4 million federal investment to provide broadband access to communities in Ferry, Stevens, and Spokane county. The funding will go to EcliptixNet Broadband, a rural-based Wireless Internet Service Provider created to bring broadband Internet access to rural communities.

 “For underserved communities in Eastern Washington, broadband internet is no longer a luxury, it’s a necessity,” said Senator Murray. “This investment will help small business looking to expand, create jobs, and compete in a global economy. Additionally, it will provide communities with the tools to provide families with access to better health care and better education. I’m proud to have supported this investment, and will continue supporting projects that bring us closer toward our goal of bringing high-speed internet to every corner of Washington state.”

This investment will allow EcliptixNet to offer 4G high-speed broadband service through fixed and mobile wireless connections to over 90 percent of the rural premises across the counties of Ferry, Stevens and Spokane. As many as 68,408 people stand to benefit as do 3,600 businesses and 300 community institutions. The project will create over 200 direct jobs and the expansion of broadband access will support economic growth in communities across these counties.

Senator Murray is a longtime supporter of expanding broadband access to communities throughout Washington state. Senator Murray has introduced and supported several bills that aim to bring high-speed internet access to rural areas including her bill to expand broadband construction by $4 billion, the Community Telecommunications Planning Act, the Broadband Internet Access Act and the Rural Broadband Enhancement Act. She has also worked to include funding for access programs in the Farm Bill and Recovery Act.