$8M fiber internet project to begin soon

By on Thursday, February 3rd, 2022 in Eastern/Southeast Oregon News More Top Stories

GRANT COUNTY – OTC Connections Vice President of Operations Marcus Bott was on KJDY’s Coffee Time recently. Bott said crews are getting ready to begin construction on an 8-million-dollar project made possible by the Reconnect Grant ($6 million, with $2 million in matching funds):

“We finally checked all the boxes on that one, with the BLM and the State Historic Preservation Office, and all the people we’ve got to check boxes with, and we’re hoping to start construction on that this spring.”

Bott also explained the scope of the project:

“We’re building fiber lines from John Day down to Seneca; and then from over in Mt. Vernon up 395 to Long Creek, Monument, and then over to Spray. Everything that we pass there will get fiber to the home, and that fiber will be able to offer multi-gig [internet] services.”

Crews will be building the Mount Vernon to Monument leg this summer, and Bott said they’re planning to build to Seneca this summer as well. If you have questions, call the OTC Connections office at (541) 932-4411.