By Terry Kovarik
A new underwater electric power cable for Washington Island will also give the community a foundation for future broadband internet service. Work on the new power line will also include fiber optic cable, which is being made possible through a grant to Nsight Telservices from the Public Service Commission, which Nsight matched. That will contribute $103,000 toward the electric-fiber optic cable project. That doesn’t mean broadband service will soon be available. Washington Island Electric Cooperative Manager Robert Cornell calls it a good start.
The electric power lines and fiber optic cable will run from Northport Pier to Plum Island to Lobdell Point on Washington Island.