Broadband benefits for the San Juan Islands

Welcome to Island Network!

Island Network, a wholly owned subsidiary of Orcas Power & Light Cooperative, offers reliable, high-speed Internet services to San Juan County residences – since 2004. This service utilizes OPALCO’s 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 allows Island Network to make more Internet connections available to more members as the expansion proceeds.

Where are connections available?

Island Network is rapidly expanding connection availability county wide.  We are currently serving locations in Friday Harbor, Eastsound and Lopez Village, and in many other areas close to existing fiber optic lines.  In addition, we want to hear from neighborhood clusters who are interested in connectivity.  We hare currently engaging many such areas around to county to engineer and cost estimate a deployment solution to meet your needs.

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 Data & Voice service are established in the following manner;

  • To begin service, the connecting member pays the one-time cost of construction to establish a new service to the customer’s location from the closest backbone access point. This cost will vary depending on the customer’s location.  Working with neighbors who are also look for service is a great way to share most of this cost.
  • 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 customer is responsible for all construction costs that exceed this incentive amount.  If you are willing to cover your entire cost of construction Island Network is offering a monthly service Discount Incentive.
  • 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!