Broadband benefits for the San Juan Islands

Welcome to Island Network!

Island Network, a division of Orcas Power & Light Cooperative, offers reliable, high-speed Internet services to OPALCO members in supported locations – since 2004. This service utilizes OPALCO’s grid control backbone, which has been created to manage our electric system. OPALCO is expanding this grid control backbone to connect more electric distribution system devices in our grid, and this will allow Island Network to make more Internet connections available to more members as the expansion proceeds.

Where are connections available?

Island Network connections are available in locations that are close to OPALCO’s grid control backbone. Currently, this includes most of Friday Harbor, Eastsound and Lopez Village, and a few other areas close to existing fiber optic lines. In addition, we want to hear from neighborhood clusters who are interested in Internet services.

To see where our service is available today, visit our Service Locations page. To see maps of our future plans, visit our Expansion Plans page.

How does it work?

New connections to Island Network for Internet services are established the same way as new connections to OPALCO’s electric system:

  • To begin service, the connecting member pays the one-time cost of construction to establish a new connection to the customer’s location from the closest backbone access point. This cost will vary depending on the customer’s location.
  • To encourage participation, for a limited time Island Network is offering a $1500 subscription incentive to help defray the initial cost of construction. Repayment of this incentive is embedded in the monthly subscription rates. The connecting member is responsible for all construction costs that exceed this incentive amount.
  • We are prioritizing installations where the most members can benefit for the least cost in the shortest time frame. To that end, we are working with organized groups of members – HOAs, road or water associations, or simply groups of neighbors that come together to bring Internet service to their area. These groups can share the costs associated with creating the initial connection, and they can pool their $1500 construction incentives to defray costs further.
  • Cost sharing & construction efforts will be more cost effective if there is a higher level of participation within your community/neighborhood.

If you would like to request Island Network Internet services, click here to fill out a form and get started. Please note, there is currently a backlog of interest. We are responding to Neighborhood connections first and will get to individual requests as soon as possible.

Thank you for your interest in Island Network!

Want to Connect?

Click to fill out an interest form. If your location can connect today, we’ll estimate your Connection Cost, and help you get started.

If our service isn’t yet available at your location, we’ll keep you on our list, and we’ll notify you when it is.

 

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Questions or Comments?

We hope you will find the information you need on this website.

Please contact us if you still have questions – or would like to leave a comment.

We want to hear from you!