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Byline: Nancy Gohring
Jul. 31--Rather than let the broadband tide pass them by, rural communities in Washington have taken the matter of high-speed connections to the Internet into their own hands.
Kitsap County is the most recent jurisdiction to decide to build its own high-speed network after being bypassed by broadband companies that consider the area too sparsely populated to make service work out financially.
The Kitsap Public Utility District announced yesterday that it has completed laying 52 miles of fiber-optic cables to form what's called a "backbone," a major "pipe" to move data. By the end of the year it expects the backbone to reach 108 miles at …