Some rural homes and business Spokane and Stevens counties will get high-speed broadband in the future with the help of federal funding.
Idaho-based Intermax Networks will receive $216,045 annually to provide fixed wireless broadband and voice over internet protocol services to 823 homes and businesses in Spokane County.
Virginia-based Declaration Networks Group Inc. will receive $390,410 annually to provide fixed wireless broadband and VoIP services to 2,929 homes and businesses in Stevens County.
The state is eligible for $20 million in federal broadband funding over the next 10 years to improve connectivity in rural communities. To participate, telecommunications carriers must be screened by the state Utilities and Transportation Commission.
“Faster internet speeds and wider availability will support economic development, education, health care and public safety throughout Washington state,” UTC Chairman David Danner said. “We will continue to monitor the companies’ progress as they work to meet … mandatory milestones.”