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Fiberoptic internet – urgent Oct. 6 meeting

October 6 (Tues.) at 7 p.m.
Walla Walla Fire District 4 – Station 21
2251 S. Howard St.
Walla Walla, WA 99362

RE: Fiberoptic internet utility installation

The Table Rock HOA Board of Directors requests your attendance at the special neighborhood meeting noted above. Under discussion is the utility installation of fiberoptic internet that will affect each homeowner.

By way of background, the Board recently met with the executive management of PocketiNet Communications. As you may be aware, PocketiNet is currently investing to bring fiber internet service to homes in the Walla Walla Valley.

Currently four neighborhoods are competing to be the first to have this service installed. Table Rock is in the running.

At the conclusion of the meeting with PocketiNet, the Board unanimously and enthusiastically endorsed this service. We are in full support of moving ahead with the project but want you to have an opportunity to hear firsthand about the benefits and ask any questions you may have.

Our enthusiasm for fiberoptic internet service is twofold:

  1. It is the future. U.S. homes average eight internet-connected devices. The fiber-to-home capability offered by PocketiNet offers significantly enhanced speed and clarity for these devices—above and beyond anything available through current neighborhood utilities.
  2. It increases home values. One study has found that having fiber internet service available increases home values by about 3 percent. In brief, fiber is a 21st century utility, with increasing use of electronics and internet bandwidth driving demand. Read more here and here.

At the October 6 meeting you will meet the executives of PocketiNet, who will give a short overview of their company and capabilities. You, as a homeowner, will have the opportunity to ask questions directly.

As previously mentioned, other neighborhoods are competing to be the first to have these services installed. PocketiNet has determined this level of interest from surveys they conducted.

The neighborhood ultimately selected will be based on a predetermined percentage of homeowners who sign up for fiber. With those commitments in hand, PocketiNet would proceed with permitting, planning, and installation.

The Table Rock HOA Board highly recommends this project and the benefits it would bring to our neighborhood. Your support can place us first in line for installation.

Please mark this important date on your calendar. We’ll see you there! Refreshments will be served.

More information about PocketiNet services and available packages is available online. Simply click the “Plans” menu item at the top of the information page.

Note: This post has been edited 10/22/15 to remove the reference to chip-and-seal repair of the roads in Table Rock. George Bell, street supervisor with the City of Walla Walla, reports that the information we had was incorrect. Crack sealing was the scheduled repair and it already has been done. We regret the error.