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The City Council has delayed for at least two weeks action on a contract to design a citywide high speed fiber Internet network after receiving a letter from a fiber provider.

After hearing of the Council’s desire to move ahead with a fiber-to-the-home service, Wave Cable, which provides some fiber capability in Anacortes, approached the city and asked to be heard.

But, in a letter to the Mayor, Amy Thompson, Director of Product Management, Residential for Wave Cable, wrote that Wave agrees with the goals of providing better Internet service, “Within the next two weeks, we would like to assemble a team oï our experts who are experienced with delivering award-winning service throughout the Northwest and meet with you to expiore options.”

Wave Cable representative Fred Miller told the Council, “We very much would like to have a good hearty conversation with the city to see what we could do to help.”

Council member Matt Miller said, “We’re looking to go into competition with you. The Council is pretty unanimous in moving forward on fiber.”

The Council had, on its agenda last Monday night, a $35,000 contract with OFS of Norcross, Ga., to design a fiber optical network for Anacortes. After hearing of Wave Cable’s approach to the city, the Council decided to postpone discussion for another two weeks.

COVID-19 Cases in Skagit County

5,075 Confirmed Skagit Cases
430-439 Total Cases in ZIP 98221

326 Hospitalizations
72 Deaths
49,057 Fully Vaccinated
59,732 Initial Doses Given

Statewide

389,882 Confirmed Cases Statewide
23,187 Hospitalizations

5,622 Deaths Statewide
2,757,234 Fully Vaccinated
3,562,750 Initial Doses Given

Updated 7 pm, May 15, 2021.

County Map: Confirmed COVID-19 cases by ZIP code in Skagit County. Updated weekly.

Sources: Skagit County Public Health, Washington State Department of Health, New York Times

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