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Town, tribes talking of collaboration on fast internet


Scott Hunter

Fiber optic cables hang on poles above west Coulee Dam, yet access to the current state-of-the-art tech is not available to most of the town.

The town of Coulee Dam and the Colville Tribes are negotiating on working together so that each might complete projects to bring high-speed internet service to the town and to the Colville Reservation.

"Whether we like it or not, the internet is air," Sanjay Saggere told the town council last week. "I come from a place where I could breathe internet; here I can only breathe air."

Saggere, who the tribes hired as their new chief information officer earlier this year, said that the Colville Confederated Tribes could help the town in its new goal of bringing fiber-optic, high-speed internet a...

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