Monthly Fiber Update: May

Happy May Everyone!

Spring is here and it’s time for a May Monthly Fiber Update. This email series will help answer some of the most common questions we receive about our fiber initiative. We‘ll continue to send out information like this every month to keep you up to date on the project, and let you know how to get involved if you choose to do so.

If you missed prior editions, you can read them here. If you prefer not to receive these updates, simply click the “unsubscribe from this list” link at the bottom of this email.

The Rock Island team is currently engaged in several projects throughout the county with a long line of fun projects on deck. We’ve been moving as fast as we can with the time and team we have, so thank you for your patience. No other project of this scale has ever been rolled-out in our county to date, and we’re proud to be leading the effort in this historic event!

Here is a continuation of our group-funded project list; we hope you enjoy watching as we progress:

Current Group-Funded Projects:
Cayou Valley on Orcas Island
Cape San Juan Part 2 on San Juan Island
Salmon Point on Lopez Island
Elderberry on Orcas Island
Matia View on Orcas Island
Whiskey Hill on Lopez Island
Harney View Park on Orcas Island

Upcoming Group-Funded Projects:
Garry Oak on San Juan Island
Otter’s Pond on Orcas Island
Downtown Eastsound on Orcas Island
Hilltop Sea Ranch on Lopez Island
Roche Harbor Village on San Juan Island
Portland Fair Area on San Juan Island
Panorama Place on San Juan Island
Walker Drive and Karen Ln on Orcas Island

ONLINE Fiber Groups!
Eagle Lake on Orcas Island
Alder Cottages on Orcas Island
Alder Forest on Orcas Island
Seattle Pacific University on Blakely Island
Mineral Heights on San Juan Island
Mineral Point on San Juan Island
The Highlands on San Juan Island
Cape San Juan Part 1 on San Juan Island
Morning Light on Orcas Island
Spring Point on Orcas Island
LCLT Tuatara Rd on Lopez Island
The Hamlet on Lopez Island

There are hundreds and hundreds of fiber connections under development now and in planning for the year to come. If you want to get your group organized, please visit our website to learn more about the process.

Do You Have a Calendar Where We Can See Your Events, Meet-ups and Classes?

Why yes we do! Announcing our new online calendar at Here we will list all of the events we host, including fiber meet-ups, store events and free computer and streaming classes.

We will continue to add to this calendar over time. If you can think of an event that we’re missing or should have posted, please reach out to us with your thoughts.

Lopez is Getting Internet Relief

It is with great pride that we announce that we can now serve over 35% of Lopez with LTE Fixed Wireless! Lopez Island has long been one of the hardest hit by our Internet crisis. There are several “exhausted” areas where Century Link cannot provide DSL, or even phone. In addition, many claim that they deal with not only slow Internet speeds via DSL (sub 1Mbps), they also deal with intermittent connections, meaning their service is OK sometimes, and other times it just drops.

Take a look at this video we produced to let Lopez Island know that there’s a new option in town. Our fiber-backed LTE Fixed Wireless product offers speeds around 10Mbps down and 1-3Mbps up. Best of all, this service is stable and as reliable as a next-generation wireless network should be.

Monthly Open Meetings; San Juan Island in May

We started hosting monthly fiber meet-ups to open up a longer format, face-to-face dialog with the community about our project. Meetings rotate every month from island to island. We announce upcoming meetings and locations here and in our local papers every week. Be sure to attend at least one of these meetings if you’re interested in learning more. We will be happy to welcome you, shake your hand and answer any questions you may have.

Please join us at the Rock Island office on San Juan this month. All are welcome and there is no cost to entry.

Here are the details:

1) Our Monthly Open Meeting: Join us next for this general information session. All are welcome to attend. We will provide a general update and answer questions from the audience.

Next Meeting: May 11th. from 5:30 – 6:30pm

2) Monthly Group Organizer Meeting: Learn more about organizing your group at this session. We will go over the process and share best practices on how other groups have organized and got fiber to their homes for reasonable rates.

Next Meeting: May 18th, from 5:30 – 6:30pm

Both of May’s meetings will be held in our Friday Harbor location:

Our Friday Harbor Retail Store
345 Court Street
Friday Harbor, WA 98250
(360) 378-5884

We’ll return next month with another edition to our monthly fiber update. In the meantime, thank you for your time and your support. We couldn’t do this without you!

All our best,

The Rock Island Team