EDA Grant Area Expansion

2023-2028 CFP

Area in gray depicts EDA Grant Area


PROJECT TITLE: EDA Grant Area Fiber Expansion

DEPARTMENT: Administrative Services


JUSTIFICATION: Network Expansion


END DATE (FY): 2023


The City is building a fiberoptic network that will

provide Fiberoptic internet access to every premise within the City limits while further expanding connectivity options

throughout Skagit County. This phase of the project expands access to 1815 premises. This project involves constructing fiber in Residential, Light Commercial, Commercial Marine, Industrial, Marine Mixed Use, and Commercial land zones. Broadly speaking the project

area extends from Fidalgo Bay north to the Guemes Channel, west to A Avenue, and South to the city limits.


This project is aligned and incorporated into the City's Comprehensive Plan which seeks to increase fiberoptic connectivity as a means of increasing economic development in Anacortes and throughout Skagit County.

The City of Anacortes' Comprehensive Plan (Ordinance 2982 Updating of the Comprehensive Plan under RCW 36.70A.130(5)(b) specifies the importance of broadband fiber infrastructure and this fiberoptic expansion project aligns with the plan's goals and policies:

GOAL ED-1. Balanced Economy.

Foster a balanced, diversified and sustainable local economy that contributes to Anacortes's high quality of life.

- Policy ED-1.14: Provide state of the art broadband infrastructure, including high-capacity fiber optic cable, for business, education, public affairs, and consumer uses.

GOAL CF-1. Support Existing Development and Future Growth.

Provide capital facilities and public services necessary to support existing and new development envisioned in the land use element.

- Policy CF-1.11: Evaluate the feasibility of the City providing broadband services.

A. Conduct a fiber-optic infrastructure feasibility study and business model analysis.

B. Author and work toward implementation of a Broadband Strategic Plan which describes in detail the technology and economic context and outlines the community’s options and intended plan to address its broadband needs.

GOAL U-1. Quality Utility Services.

Facilitate provision of quality utility services throughout Anacortes to meet the needs of residents and businesses.

- Policy U-1.5. Explore options for improving telecommunication services in Anacortes, with high speed internet being a high priority, including potential development of a broadband/ fiber master plan and policies requiring installation of conduit where needed


Design is complete. Two Requests for Proposals will be issued. One will be for materials and the other will be for construction.

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Operating Impacts

The City has received over 750 orders for service in this expansion area. When the backbone construction is complete, City staff will coordinate placing these customers into service.