Ziply Fiber will be upgrading its existing copper networks to fully fiber optic networks in 17 markets across Washington and Oregon later this year, the company announced today.
Earlier this month, Ziply Fiber announced plans today to upgrade its existing copper networks to fiber broadband in Wenatchee, Washington and Osburn and St. Maries, Idaho. Previously, the company unveiled plans to launch 5 Gbps and 2 Gbps symmetrical services in 60 Northwest markets.
The projects announced today will enable more than 39,000 locations to access the company’s 5 Gbps and 2 Gbps services. The newly announced upgrades will bring fiber optic service to Birch Bay, Blaine, Curlew, Darrington, Everson, Ferndale, Lake Stevens, Maple Falls, Mt. Vernon and Republic in the state of Washington as well as to Amity, Canyonville, Clatskanie, Gaston, Powers, Turner and Yamhill in the state of Oregon.
The company has already invested more than $30 million in upgrading its inter-market fiber backbone, bringing broadband connections to and through much of the region. The company plans to invest more than $500 million to build a full fiber network to suburban and rural communities across the Northwest that lie within its 250,000-square-mile footprint.
“For many people in these communities, high-quality, reliable, fast internet has been something their friends or family who live in other areas might talk about, but had been out of reach until now,” said Harold Zeitz, Ziply Fiber CEO, in a prepared statement. “We’re going to show them the transformative impact fiber can bring to a community, both to its businesses and its residents, and we’re excited to get started.”