Big Gig fiber optic install enters new stages


Whidbey Telecom is gearing up to begin its latest fiber optic construction. Work begins the week of May 9 and will extend through the summer, weather permitting. The project is being partially financed through grants from the U.S. Department of Agriculture that were administered by the state of Washington and Whatcom County.

Stage 1 will involve trenching and installing fiber optic lines from Benson Road down Tyee Drive to APA Road. Stage 2 will take the lines from APA Road around the western end of the marina to Edwards Drive. Stage 3 will then carry the lines westward to Lighthouse Marine Park. There will be flaggers conducting traffic control as construction continues.

According to marketing and communications director Martha Ford, Whidbey Telecom will contact homeowners to schedule home installation as soon as the Big Gig fiber network is available for their home. She adds that the company is also looking to hire new workers.

Additional fiber optic cables will be installed on the west side of the Point from Lighthouse Marine Park up to the Canadian border, Edwards Drive from the marina to South Beach Road and along Gulf Road west from the library to Marine Drive.


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