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Rock Island Helps Firefighters Save Stranded Cat

Agency cooperation and resources sharing helps our community stay strong. Rock Island responded to a call from Orcas Island Fire on Saturday morning, April 7, 2018, to assist in rescuing a cat. "Bea," an 8-month-old kitten, had been stuck in a tree for three days. By...

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Rock Island Offers Full Gigabit Internet Service

Fiber Customers Can Now Get 1,000 Mbps In Their Homes Rock Island Communications, the only provider of fiber-optic broadband in San Juan County, announced last Wednesday that gigabit Internet (1,000 Mbps) is now available to the home. “When we started our efforts just...

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Monthly Fiber Update: September

Huge Capacity is Ours! The road is now clear for a fiber-optic superhighway. With the threat of a wide-scale Internet outage behind us now, we turn our sights on the new OPALCO submarine cable being installed in the next few weeks between San Juan and Lopez islands....

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Monthly Fiber Update: July

Here we go... The work to replace the decaying CenturyLink fiber cable that runs from San Juan to Lopez has begun in earnest. Take a deep breath… the moment has arrived. CenturyLink has been taking action in recent weeks to replace their fraying and decaying submarine...

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Monthly Fiber Update: April

CenturyLink is at the Root   Tracking and reporting on the state of the Century Link submarine fiber cable this year has brought us back to our roots. In fact, the current iteration of Rock Island has its genesis with the Century Link fiber break of 2013. Most...

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San Juan Islands in Washington State

Successful Rural Fiber Broadband Deployment Too many rural areas in America still have slow broadband service. San Juan Islands (Washington State) used to have only DSL (1 Mbps) service provided by CenturyLink, and spotty cellular phone coverage from AT&T and...

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Rock Island Communications Talks Broadband

by Leslie Kelly Sounder contributor Living on an island has its advantages. But sometimes there are disadvantages. And internet connection and speed are among them. Rock Island Communications, a division of OPALCO, Orcas Power & Light Cooperative, has plans to...

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Support for OPALCO, Rock Island | Letter

It is very sad when a resident of the San Juans writes a mean-spirited letter to the editor which promotes boycotting a local business that provides local jobs to hard-working people and provides a high quality, much needed service for myself and fellow islanders. As...

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Rock Island Heads into The Spring at Full Stride

Thank you to the OPALCO Board for their strong leadership With just over one year of being in business, Rock Island Communications has overcome numerous challenges, and has connected close to a thousand islanders to fast, stable and scalable broadband. “In just over...

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