By Tim Kowols
It has not been the most convenient situation for Washington Island, but the break of their electric cable in June could have an unintended benefit. Door County is partnering with Nsight to earn a grant that would help make the installation of an underwater fiber optic cable to the island from the mainland more feasible. The goal would be to replace its current microwave signal service with replace it with a more reliable source. It had been considered before, but the costs were considered to be too high. Door County Administrator Ken Pabich says replacing the electric line is good timing for a project like this to be done.
Nsight announced earlier this year it had completed a fiber route on the mainland that would help improve phone and internet service in the county. Fixing the electric cable could cost more than $3 million to fix, but a state of emergency declaration by Governor Scott Walker recently could make the project eligible for state and federal funds.