Monthly Fiber Update: October

Never Cheaper – Time to Switch!

55yr old+ get 2 lines with unlimited talk, text and LTE data on America’s best unlimited network for $60/mo. with AutoPay.

If you are 55 or older, T-Mobile has an incredible deal for you and your partner. For just $60 a month, you get 2 phone lines with unlimited everything, and all taxes and fees are included. That’s a $40 a month savings compared to your younger peers.

T-Mobile is now officially “The Best LTE Network in the San Juan’s.” Remember – AT&T, Verizon and Sprint each have 4 cell locations in our entire county, and that equipment is old and decaying by the minute. Now compare that to T-Mobile. Rock Island will be lighting up a total of 40 T-Mobile cell locations in San Juan County (with over 30 currently online), and be certain we’re using the best equipment in the business.

There has never been a better time to switch to T-Mobile if you are 55 or older. We’re not sure how long this promotion will last, so hurry to ensure you grab these great savings while they last.

Get yourself prepared for your visit by using our handy onboarding checklist. Your local store is in Friday Harbor, but we’re also occasionally venturing out to Orcas and Lopes with our mobile T-Mobile Mini. Email [email protected] to learn about coming to your island.

A Note for One-Plan Boomers: If there is only one of you looking to switch, T-Mobile still has a deal for you. You pay only $50 a month for one subscriber including all taxes and fees (vs. $70 for a younger generation).

Visit T-Mobile’s website to learn more.

Eastsound Fiber Archeology

There has been a team of archaeologists in Eastsound this week working side-by-side with Rock Island installing fiber vaults along Main and North Beach Roads. This is a milestone moment for those awaiting a connection in Eastsound.

For those of you who don’t know, this project has been delayed for months and months due to the concerns of Tribes with roots in our area. With permits and mitigating agreements in place to properly handle artifacts found during our digging, Historical Research Associates, Inc. is here this week to see the final stages of the project come to fruition.

Once fiber vaults are set in town this week, we move on to blowing fiber, setting network interface devices on buildings, and last, connecting those who want to be connected to our fiber network

We want to send out a special thank you to those in Eastsound still waiting to connect. This has been a very long road, and we thank you for your patience. Your blazing-fast Internet connection is coming soon.

Fiber Projects


We currently have fiber construction projects happening all over the county. Look at the groups currently in construction or in our project planning phase. This list represents hundreds of homes and businesses soon to be connected to our fiber network. There are also about 1,000 people in some form of organizing stage beyond these groups. WOW!

With about 10% of the county already connected to our fiber, and about 15% represented by the list below or in the organizing phase, we should see about 25% of the county connected in the next few tears.

  • Bonnie Brae on Orcas Island
  • Carefree on San Juan Island
  • Cessna Avenue on San Juan Island
  • Eastsound Core on Orcas Island
  • Friday Ave on San Juan Island
  • Hannah Road on San Juan Island
  • Humphry Head on Lopez Island
  • Lopez Village on Lopez Island
  • Madrona Satellite on Orcas island
  • Mitchell Bay on San Juan Island
  • Oberon Wood & Oberon Meadow on Orcas Island
  • Opal Commons on Orcas Island
  • Panorama on San Juan Island
  • Portland Fair on San Juan Island
  • Roche Harbor Condos on San Juan Island
  • Rosario on Orcas Island
  • Salmon Point on Lopez Island
  • Shark Reef Rd on Lopez Island
  • Wild Rose Meadow on Orcas Island
  • Yacht Haven on San Juan Island
  • View Haven on Orcas Island

Come into one of our offices, visit our website, or call to learn more about fiber organizing. We’re still building our plans for 2018, so act now to get on our books.

Learn more about fiber organizing here.

Once again, THANK YOU to all who have made it through our organizing process and are now connected. We know it was a journey and we are happy to have been your partner through the process.

Free Technology Classes


Our free tech classes are designed to empower you with technology, and everyone is welcome – and did we mention it’s free? That’s right, anyone and everyone are welcome to come and learn about the latest technology and trends in our 2-hour seminars.

We will be hosting this series on San Juan, Orcas and Lopez Islands from now until the end of the year at our public libraries. In these classes, we will cover a wide range of topics each week. The curriculum will be the same on every island, so don’t worry about missing anything or having to travel to another island for a class you want to catch.

Here are our upcoming classes, all free of charge:

Email Tips, Tricks & Etiquette
Good email habits keep you and your contacts safe.
Learn about attachments, CC, BCC and correct email forwarding etiquette.
Learn how to share websites, Facebook posts and pages and more.

Friday Harbor – Monday, Oct. 30, 3pm – 5pm
Orcas Island – Tuesday, Oct. 31, 10am – 12pm
Lopez Island – Friday, Nov. 3, 10:30am -12:30pm

Smartphones and Tablets
With the release of the first iPhone just under ten years ago, a revolution took place in how we communicate with each other, how we receive and process information and how we entertain ourselves. In this class we will take a look at some of the various devices on the market, the pros and cons to the different operating systems and a quick look at the ways, benefits and costs involved in syncing our photos and content.
• Smart phones
• Tablets
• Mobile device vs a laptop
• Basic concepts in syncing your photos, videos, music and contacts

Friday Harbor – Monday Nov., 6,  3pm – 5pm
Orcas Island – Tuesday Nov., 7, 10am – 12pm
Lopez Island – Friday Nov., 10, 10:30am – 12:30pm

We’ll see you at a class soon, and don’t worry, there is no need to sign up in advance. Just come on down if you have the time and we’ll be happy to greet you.

That’s all for this month. Thank you for your time and attention. We’ll be back next month with another Monthly Fiber Update. We appreciate your ongoing support; we couldn’t do this without you!

All our best,

The Rock Island Team