Northwest Corner of Washington Hurt by Lack of Fiber-Optic Lines

According to officials in government, education, public utilities and public hospitals, fiber-optic lines are needed to connect the state's northwest corner to make it more attractive to businesses, as well as helping public-sector firms save time and money.

"The demand for Internet access is far ahead of the supply," said Clare Donahue, chief deputy director of the Department of Information Services.

Locke was in Port Angeles, the area's largest city, recently as part of his Capital for a Day program.

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