“I didn’t realize what it could do,” said Clara Willner, lifelong resident of Newport as she and her husband Jim looked at the fiber optic cable at Pend Oreille Public Utility District Community Network System office in Newport on Thursday, Sept. 13, 2012. By next spring 5,000 customers will have broadband access to upload and download at speeds of 1,000 megabytes per second.

Kathy Plonka

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