Archive for OPALCO News: Broadband


Tuesday, March 31st, 2015

Despite real hardships across the membership, this rate structure is the right thing to do for our Co-op The rate increase took effect in February and we are fielding questions and hearing about concerns from our membership. The rate increase is necessary to maintain the financial health of our cooperative during a time that OPALCO… READ MORE »

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San Juan County Cooperates on Broadband Deployment in Eastsound

Tuesday, March 24th, 2015

From Rock Island Communications: San Juan County is allowing Rock Island Communications to install fiber optic cable in the conduit associated with the County’s Eastsound Village streetlight project. “Co-locating our fiber optic cable in the streetlight conduit will save businesses located in Eastsound Village a great deal on connection costs,” said Gerry Lawlor, Rock Island’s… READ MORE »

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Rock Island Communications: Why it Makes Good Sense for OPALCO

Friday, February 27th, 2015

The news last week that Orcas Power & Light Co-op and Rock Island have joined forces to deliver Internet services to islanders in San Juan County is the latest in a long chain of thoughtful decisions and deliberate action on the part of the OPALCO leadership. “This is a community effort reminiscent of getting electricity… READ MORE »

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Thursday, February 19th, 2015

General Manager Foster Hildreth announced today that Orcas Power and Light Cooperative (OPALCO) has acquired Rock Island Communications. Rock Island will merge its staff, infrastructure and operations with OPALCO to deliver modern, scalable and reliable broadband services for homes and businesses in San Juan County. “The full transition may take a little time,” said Hildreth,… READ MORE »

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Submarine Cables & Revenue Shortfall Drive Rates Up

Monday, December 22nd, 2014

TYPICAL RESIDENTIAL MEMBER WILL SEE AN AVERAGE 9% INCREASE IN 2015 OPALCO leadership has approved a new rate structure and 2015 budget that include rate increases for all members. There is no getting around it: we are facing expensive submarine cable replacements beginning in 2015 and continuing for the next 20 years. In addition, we… READ MORE »

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OPALCO Announces Internet Pilot Projects and Staff

Tuesday, November 25th, 2014

At the October meeting of OPALCO’s Board of Directors, it was announced that Island Network will be re-created as a new entity and wholly-owned subsidiary of the Co-op to provide Internet services. Gerry Lawlor has been hired as Manager of the new entity along with Alan Smith, Field Superintendent and Tom Schramm, Operations Superintendent. In… READ MORE »

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