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Chewelah, WA

Mayor Dorothy Knauss

“Broadband availability and reliability are the cornerstones of modern economic development for rural areas such as Stevens County, where rugged terrain is a limiting factor in much of the county.  Although the national maps show our county as being well served by broadband availability, we are tasked to show just the opposite.”

“I met Deb Socia at an NTIA Conference in Seattle a couple years ago. We had a delegation from Stevens County there to learn more about broadband for our area. At her suggestion, the City of Chewelah joined Next Century Cities.”

“I represent the City on the Stevens County Broadband Action Team. Our goal is to bring attention to the difficulties we face in the rural areas of our county due to lack of broadband and/or inadequacy of the services provided as a whole.

Our team, one of three in Washington State and 12 nationwide,  is BETA testing a self-assessment tool for NTIA/US Dept. of Commerce. Our multi-functional team represents local governments, tribal interests, education, healthcare, libraries, businesses and more. The project looks at current internet access and adoption as well as defining community needs/priorities for public safety, education, healthcare, economic development and quality of life.”