As Whidbey Telecom continues to look for funding sources to extend the fiber network to more Point Roberts addresses, they are asking the community to help them make their case.
The company is applying for a Community Connect grant through the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and has created a community survey to help them demonstrate the community need for broadband on the Point.
Please take the survey at bit.ly/3ffx03y.
“The Community Connect Program helps rural communities extend access where broadband service is least likely to be commercially available, but where it can make a tremendous difference in the quality of life for people and businesses,” according to the USDA’s rural development website.
Letters of support explaining why a customer would benefit from broadband availability will also help the company secure grant funding.
“A reliable strong signal and affordable internet will greatly improve my ability to grow my business and provide additional services to my clients,” one client wrote in support of the Whidbey Telecom Grant application, while another mentioned the importance of a reliable signal to keep in touch with friends and family during the current pandemic restrictions.
Letters need to be signed and either dropped off at the Whidbey Telecom office on Johnson Road or scanned and emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.