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Fiber optic line project nearly done

George Helton last night provided the Sunnyside City Council with an update on the progress of installing fiber optic cable in the city of Sunnyside.

He said the fiber optic line project, made possible via the Broadband Technology Opportunity Program, is expected to be complete this coming July.

The project cost nearly $637,000, most of which was covered by federal dollars.

"I have been trying to get fiber line in Sunnyside for approximately 10 years," said Helton, stating he believes the citizens of the county's second largest city deserve to have access to services and high speed internet systems.

"We are asked why we're doing this...we're doing it because it's the right thing to do," Helton said, stating the fiber optic line will be accessible to any government entity.

Because the route of the fiber optic line passes Sunnyside Community Hospital, he said he is working with the hospital representatives to connect the health care facility to the fiber optic lines, as well.

Helton was asked if the Sunnyside Community Center would have access to the fiber optic line.

After learning of the center's location, he said it would not have direct access to the line. However, the line will be run up Harrison Hill in Sunnyside, creating a hub for radio data communications. That, he said, is an effective data transportation method.

The route for the line will travel from Mabton north on SR-241 to East Edison Avenue. From East Edison Avenue and South 16th Street, the line will travel to South Ninth Street, south to East Grant Avenue and then west to the Sunnyside Library.

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