History and projects

Here is additional information about the effort to bring fiber optic cable to our state.

What is the functional use of the KPUD Fiber Network being built in Kitsap County?

KPUD Fiber Network includes deployed fiber optic cable and the associated electronics. The Network is a technology, communications, and information based platform focused on providing access to government and essential information; encouraging and supporting economic and community empowerment; supporting and enhancing education; and providing a primary and redundant communication network in emergency, disaster and catastrophic situations. The Network connects schools and public agencies with a robust technology solution even in the absence of electrical power, and allows first responders, emergency workers and citizens access to communications at key locations throughout the county.

What is NOANET?

NoaNet is Washington State‘s nonprofit broadband provider. It currently operates a reliable, open-access broadband network totaling more than 1,800 fiber miles across Washington providing high-speed connectivity to nearly 260,000 people in rural and underserved areas through its partner retail service providers that deliver finished services to end users. NoaNet service makes life more livable, businesses more productive, jobs more plentiful, and the Internet more accessible for thousands of residents and organizations.

Services include:

  • Carrier Ethernet Services: Scalable, secure, easy-to-configure over a resilient Ethernet Network; from 100Mbps to 100 Gigabit
  • Wavelength Transport: From 2.5 Gigabit to 100 Gigabit Ethernet Transport; OC-48 to OC-192 Transport; OTU-2
  • Dedicated Internet Access: Path-protected, multi-homed, unaggregated transport across the NoaNet backbone to the customer
  • TDM Transport Circuits: Complex multi-point Time Division Multiplexing (TDM) rings over SONET, as well as point to point circuitsFiber optics is thin filaments of glass that transmit light and carry information from one point to another at the speed of light. Light rays travel through glass threads, and the light patterns carry information. A single 4.5 pound spool of optical fiber can carry the same amount of messages as 200 reels of copper, weighing 1,600 pounds. A single optical fiber, combined with fiber amplifiers, can carry 20,000,000 phone conversations and 20,000 TV channels simultaneously. Fiber is operated by lasers. Lasers have been used for decades in medical applications, facsimile systems, phototypesetting, and computer graphics. Now, lasers send light ray information along pure glass and the possibilities are endless!

What is Optical Fiber?

  • Fiber optics is thin filaments of glass that transmit light and carry information from one point to another at the speed of light. Light rays travel through glass threads, and the light patterns carry information. A single 4.5 pound spool of optical fiber can carry the same amount of messages as 200 reels of copper, weighing 1,600 pounds. A single optical fiber, combined with fiber amplifiers, can carry 20,000,000 phone conversations and 20,000 TV channels simultaneously. Fiber is operated by lasers. Lasers have been used for decades in medical applications, facsimile systems, phototypesetting, and computer graphics. Now, lasers send light ray information along pure glass and the possibilities are endless!