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By Michele Smith
The Times 

Port of Columbia recipient of $2 million grant for broadband

Must secure matching funds within a six-month window


DAYTON—The Port of Columbia has taken a significant leap forward in its quest to bring broadband, high-speed internet access to the local community. In Olympia last week, the Port’s Executive Director Jennie Dickinson and Robert Greene, Manager of Communications and Internet Telecommunications for Columbia Rural Electric, met with representatives of the Washington State Community Economic Revitalization Board (CERB) to talk about how the local economy will benefit from such a project.

Dickinson was elated.

“We were awarded the $2 million grant, contingent upon providing a local match....

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